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WLAN vendors embrace security spec

Makers of IEEE 802.11 wireless LAN equipment climbed on the bandwagon this week for a new security specification that may help pave the way for more wireless LANs in large enterprises.

RealNetworks to acquire Listen.com

RealNetworks will add a few new instruments to its online music arrangement by acquiring Listen.com for about US$36 million, the company announced Monday.

Cisco hopes to leverage network smarts in Linksys gear

Cisco Systems hopes to bring its advanced networking technology to products from its upcoming acquisition of Linksys Group when it can do so without charging a premium over Linksys' low-end prices, a Cisco executive said Tuesday.

Microsoft dives into VoIP with CE .Net 4.2

Windows CE .Net is poised to put VoIP (voice over IP) capability in handhelds, Windows-powered Smartphones and other devices with a set of enhancements for Version 4.2 to be outlined Wednesday at the Voice on the Net conference in San Jose, Californi...

CTIA - Gates pushes Microsoft focus on mobile

Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates on Wednesday used his keynote address at the first Microsoft Mobile Developer Conference to signal Microsoft's intention to play a major role in the mobile software business.

Gates to announce .Net Compact Framework

Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates on Wednesday will announce the worldwide launch of .Net Compact Framework, a tool that lets developers bring Microsoft's .Net technology to mobile devices, according to a company executive.

IDF - Intel targets network chips for low cost

Intel aims to provide the guts of network gear for homes and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with three new processors it announced Thursday at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in San Jose, California.

BIOS maker builds PC "bomb shelter"

Users with crashed PCs may be able to press a "panic button" and bring up a set of recovery and other utilities later this year if vendors start including a new data "bomb shelter" on the hard disk drives of their PCs.

Moore: Innovation key to keeping his Law alive

The steady growth in the density and performance of microprocessors described by Moore's Law may go on only for the next eight to 12 years with today's conventional technology, the author of that law said Monday.

BIOS maker to unveil "bunker environment" for PCs

Phoenix Technologies, the maker of BIOS (basic input/output system) software for most of the world's PCs, plans to unveil next month a software environment for PCs and other devices that creates a "bunker" in which critical utilities can be stored.

Phones seen driving wider adoption

Bluetooth short-range wireless technology, in the spotlight this week at the Bluetooth Developers Conference in California, hasn't yet met some earlier expectations but finally is gaining a foothold that could help it fulfill its original promise.

Group kicks off ease-of-use initiative

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group Inc. (SIG) kicked off this week's Bluetooth Developers Conference here by announcing a new initiative to make it easier for consumers to set up products that use the short-range wireless technology.

New flavour of wireless LAN starts to emerge

The Comdex trade show this week in Las Vegas will give early glimpses of IEEE 802.11g wireless LAN products, which are designed to deliver as much as 54M bps (bits per second) of bandwidth using the same radio spectrum used by current 11M-bps gear.

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

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