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Creative unveils lightweight Nomads

Portable MP3 players keep shrinking, and Creative Labs is continuing the trend with the release of its smallest and lightest series of such devices: the Nomad MuVo2 line.

Magix updates MP3 maker

Magix AG is expanding its digital music tools, announcing MP3 Maker Diamond 2004, which builds on an already large set of features to rip CDs, manage digital music files, and create audio CDs of your personal greatest hits.

The .zip standard splinters

The .zip compression format has known remarkable stability and compatibility for many years, but that may soon change. PKWare and WinZip, makers of competing compression and encryption products, are fighting over the .zip standard--which means that ....

Could you be sending spam?

It started out looking like a typical morning's e-mail--some legitimate messages, a lot of spam, and two Delivery Failure notices informing me of messages I had sent to nonexistent addresses. But the bounced messages, which appeared to have been sent...

Updated WinZip alters Zip format

WinZip 9.0, from the market leader among file-compression utilities, has entered public beta with scheduled release later this year, bringing with it a new .zip format - which means some of its functions will not be compatible with earlier versions o...

Creative Labs takes SoundBlaster to USB

For the PC user with discerning ears and who doesn't want to settle for the modest audio capabilities of the motherboard, Creative Labs is preparing a pair of new USB SoundBlasters that don't require access to a PCI slot--meaning even a notebook can ...

Bye-bye, batteries?

Today's digital devices are smaller and more powerful than ever, but a roadblock obstructs further miniaturization: the batteries. Manufacturers can produce smaller notebooks, mobile phones, and PDAs, but today's cumbersome power sources make the sma...

PartitionMagic 8.0

PowerQuest’s PartitionMagic soft­ware — long recognised as the best program for creating, resiz­ing and generally working with hard-drive partitions — has always come with a warning that it might destroy data

Revamped AskSam supports e-mail, Web

An update of AskSam Systems Inc.'s database, which can handle both structured data and freeform information, became available this week, with improvements to its e-mail support and the capability--for an extra fee--to organize material pulled off Web...

Punch WebGroups go multimedia

Punch Networks Corp. is adding Java-based MP3 playback to its Punch WebGroups Web storage and sharing application, while touting the new feature as a copyright-friendly answer to Napster-style file sharing.

Web mail offers extras for a fee

While we think of Web-based e-mail as a free service, start-up Kobo.biz is betting that some people will be willing to pay for it--largely to ward off spam.

CyberDrive CD-RW hits 52X

CyberDrive USA has released one of the fastest budget CD-R/RW drives ever: an internal 52X CD-R/RW drive priced at under US$100.

HP expands its laser printer line

Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP) is speeding up its LaserJet family, with the release of two new models that build on the LaserJet 4100 workgroup monochrome laser printer.

Image-shrinking tool hits new lows

To reduce the time and space required to store, download, and e-mail digital photographs, a company has released an image-compression tool that supports a compression ratio as high as 1000:1.

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STYLISTIC Q702

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

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

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The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

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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.

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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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