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AMD unveils flash memory based on MirrorBit

Mobile phones should be able to hold twice as many rings, MP3 players twice as many songs, and cameras twice as many photos at the same price, using flash memory chips that Advanced Micro Devices Inc. said on Monday it has begun sampling.

Toshiba, Dell debut new laptops

Dell Computer and Toshiba unveiled new laptops on Tuesday, with Dell announcing high-end and budget laptops and Toshiba releasing a machine with built-in wireless capability.

WorldCom expands global remote access capabilities

WorldCom unveiled a universal remote access tool Wednesday designed to ease secure Internet communication over any access method. WorldCom also said it will offer enhanced service level agreements to corporate customers using dial-up Internet access....

Apple acquires Zayante

Apple Computer on Thursday announced it bought Zayante, a privately held FireWire technology design company, for an undisclosed sum.

Grid-computing software hitchhikes on Kazaa

Software that will set up a network built from users' hard drives and bandwidth has been quietly bundled into the Kazaa file-sharing program owned by Australian holding company Sharman Networks and may also be distributed with other file-sharing prog...

Companies form MPEG venture in Japan

Seven companies will pour some of their broadcasting and technology abilities into a new joint venture to bring MPEG-4 interactive television technology to cable companies

CEBIT - Intel launches Xeon MP

Intel Corp. launched the Xeon MP processor on Tuesday at the CeBIT trade show in Hanover, Germany, unveiling the long-awaited design for low-end multiprocessor servers, code-named Foster.

Mobster nailed by FBI keystroke logger pleads guilty

Ending the possibility for a showdown in higher courts between the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and privacy advocates, accused loan shark Nicodemo S. Scarfo Jr. pleaded guilty in a New Jersey federal court on Thursday to a charge of ill...

Microsoft opts to share more code

Microsoft Corp. will uncloak more of the source code powering its Windows operating system, ostensibly to give system integrators better ability to perform deep security analysis and privacy verification, and to troubleshoot and fine-tune custom Wind...

Prototype phone boosts speech recognition quality

Motorola and speech recognition software maker SpeechWorks International Inc. have developed a prototype phone that they say will help computers better decipher wireless signals for clearer transmissions.

Keyboard stroke capture okay, judge says

A federal judge in New Jersey rejected a defense motion last week to suppress computer evidence gained in a U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) case against an accused Mafia loan shark, possibly clearing a path for the government to use secret...

Euro conversion goes smoothly, but tests for IT remain

A federal judge in New Jersey rejected a defense motion last week to suppress computer evidence gained in a U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) case against an accused Mafia loan shark, possibly clearing a path for the government to use secret...

Vivendi in US$1.5B interactive TV deal with Echostar

Vivendi Universal SA Friday announced it would make a US$1.5 billion equity investment in satellite television provider EchoStar Communications Corp., purchasing about 10 percent of the company in return for a deal to distribute Vivendi content and t...

AT&T finishes moving Excite@Home customers

AT&T's broadband unit announced Friday it has finished transferring 850,000 of its Internet service customers to its own network, six days after Internet service provider Excite@Home cut off their high-speed connections.

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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

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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.

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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