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Vista's promising video upgrades

When it comes to graphics, Microsoft's new operating system may earn its name. Vista promises plenty of great views with upgrades for richly detailed games, as well as better-looking and more-useful desktop apps.

PDA virus found in the wild

Antivirus companies have been warning for years that viruses will afflict handheld devices, and the day has apparently arrived: Both Symantec and Kaspersky Labs have detected a backdoor Trojan horse program that can give an attacker complete control ...

Could search sites spawn worms?

Worm attacks are bad enough by themselves, but some experts warn of an even more devastating variation: one that strikes at the application level instead of targeting network infrastructure, and spreads to Web sites through Web-based search engines.

Nokia pushes N-Gage-ing games

Nokia is continuing to gather partners for its N-Gage gaming platform, revealing that both Atari and Capcom USA will be make games available on the wireless gaming device.

New DVD copying program debuts

In the wake of a federal judge's ruling that 321 Studios LLC can no longer manufacture and sell some of its DVD-copying software, the company has released DVDExtreme, a suite of DVD and CD authoring and backup tools that will copy DVD movies that are...

ATI beefs up Radeon 9800

ATI Technologies is delivering this week a monster version of its high-end Radeon 9800 Pro, boosting memory to 256MB of DDR for a US$499 price tag.

AX4B-533 Tube motherboard

AOpen goes retro with its high-tech AX4B-533 Tube motherboard, complete with Intel’s 845E chip­-set, a speedy 533MHz front side bus, USB 2.0 support, and an on-board vacu­um tube for audio. That’s right — a vacuum tube that looks like it was yanked o...

ATI offers best Radeons on a budget

ATI Technologies Inc. is pushing its lead in the graphics chip market, unveiling a line of mainstream boards that feature the same technology found in higher-end chips but sell for half the price.

ATI revs Radeon graphics chips

ATI Technologies Inc. has unveiled the Radeon 9700 graphics board, a US$399 gaming monster scheduled to ship in the US in August, sporting 100 million transistors and full support for DirectX 9.

NVidia unveils NForce2

After its first successful foray into the chip-set business last year with NForce, Nvidia Corp. hopes to tempt PC performance hounds yet again with NForce2, announced here on Monday.

Microsoft's Xbox goes online

Microsoft has unveiled Xbox Live, a plan to take its gaming console online this fall, and promises more than a dozen multiplayer games will accompany the debut of the broadband-only service.

E3 - Gamers to get wired

Connectivity for consoles is the catchphrase at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) here this week. Representatives of both Sony Computer Entertainment and Nintendo are hawking the new strategy, but only Sony is giving details about taking its Pla...

Nvidia taps DDR330 for next NForce chipsets

Nvidia has ramped up its NForce chipsets to support speedy DDR333 memory. The company is demonstrating its new NForce 615-D and 620-D chipsets, which are shipping in the second quarter. Nvidia is also previewing new NForce chipsets that run DDR400 me...

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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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