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HP's new IPaq set to be unveiled in late May

Hewlett-Packard (HP) is expected to unveil its new iPaq h2200 PDA (personal digital assistant) on May 30, according to information given by High Tech Computer (HTC), the Taiwanese company that is making the device for HP.

Sony, Toshiba disclose advanced chip fab plans

Sony and Toshiba Monday each announced plans to build advanced semiconductor plants for the fabrication of faster and more complex chips as they look ahead to the next-generation PlayStation video gaming console and other broadband network products.

Sony gives PlayStation 2 its first major update

Sony will put an upgraded version of its PlayStation 2 video game on sale in Japan in mid May, the company said Monday. The new machine will be the first major upgrade Sony has made to its hit gaming platform since it first went on sale just over thr...

Intel takes Ultra Wideband to 220M bps

Intel demonstrated a prototype Ultra Wideband (UWB) radio system transmitting data at over 220M bps (bits per second) on Friday, and claimed a world-first for the speed.

Japan says happy birthday to Astro Boy

At Robodex 2003, the major annual get-together for Japan's robot industry, you'd have thought the buzz would have been all about new robots -- Honda Motor's latest Asimo, Sony's improved SDR-4X or perhaps Tmsuk's Banryu -- but it is not. Stealing the...

Robot researchers work to aid, save lives

Sony's Aibo robots, or any one of the latest humanoid robots may be cute and draw all the attention, but there's a serious side to Japan's robot industry and it is on display this week at Robodex 2003, which opened Thursday in Yokohama, just outside ...

Japan's robot expo opens

It's Robodex time in Japan again and that means a gamut of new robots including both improved and upgraded models and brand new machines, many from companies presenting their first work in the fast-growing field of robotics.

Sony updates its humanoid robot

Sony Corp. unveiled a new version of its SDR (Sony Dream Robot) humanoid robot on Wednesday that, it said, packs major increases in abilities and intelligence.

NTT DoCoMo to sell wristphone

NTT DoCoMo has unveiled a cellular telephone that takes the form of a wristwatch and plans to put the device on sale in Japan shortly, the company said Wednesday.

Gadgets galore at CeBIT 2003

As usual, this year's CeBIT trade show was packed full of consumer electronics and computing gadgets. Across the exhibition's 27 halls were hundreds of interesting and unique gadgets and products and through these some trends were apparent. As has be...

Sony, Matsushita developing Linux for AV devices

Japan's two largest consumer electronics companies, Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd., better known as Panasonic, and Sony Corp. have begun joint development of a version of the Linux operating system for digital consumer electronics devices, t...

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GGG Evaluation Team

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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