Stories by Martyn Williams

IDC likes what it sees inside iPod Shuffle

Analysts at IDC recently took apart an iPod Shuffle and come up with an estimate of how much the diminutive music player costs Apple Computer Inc. to make. They found that Apple makes a healthy 35 percent to 40 percent profit on each player sold, and...

New products let you take your TV on the road

A new generation of products is promising users the ability to remotely access their TVs from around the house on a local network or from around the world via a broadband Internet connection.

Hitachi slashes Microdrive prices, debuts 6GB model

Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (HGST) has begun shipping a new version of its 1-inch Microdrive hard-disk drive that can hold 50 percent more data than the company's current highest capacity model, it said Wednesday.

Sony readies new HDD jukebox

Sony will launch a new version of its network jukebox in March in Japan, the company said Thursday. The device is designed to replicate many of the digital music functions offered by personal computers, such as a music library, CD ripping and the abi...

Sanyo unveils hard-disk based voice recorder

Sanyo Electric has built a 1-inch hard-disk drive into a voice recorder and will put it on sale in Japan in early March, the company said Friday. The gadget will become the latest in a growing number of portable electronics products to feature a mini...

Nintendo revises down DS software sales forecast

Nintendo substantially cut its estimate for the amount of Nintendo DS software it expects to sell in the current fiscal year, while raising its forecast for hardware sales of the recently launched portable gaming device. The revision was made as the ...

Sony learned its lesson in digital music, says exec

Sony has learned several lessons from its reluctance to quickly embrace music download services and is now working hard to make up ground against the dominance of competitors such as Apple Computer, a senior executive said last Thursday.

IRiver CEO 'surprised' at Apple's iPod Shuffle

The chief executive of one of the world's leading manufacturers of digital music players says he is surprised at several of the features of Apple Computer's iPod Shuffle player, which was introduced by Apple earlier this week at MacWorld San Francisc...

Sony shows Qualia video processor

Sony will expand its Qualia line of products later this month with the addition of a video processing device that can improve the image quality of standard and high-definition images, the company announced Wednesday.

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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 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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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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