Stories by Martyn Williams

Sony details further IBM, Toshiba chip investments

Japan's Sony announced on Monday plans to spend another ¥120 billion (US$1.1 billion) of the funds it has allocated to develop semiconductor technology for its PlayStation 3 console. The company will invest the money in technology to build advanced ...

Fujitsu claims advance in fuel cell technology

Fujitsu Ltd. has made progress in development of a key component for direct methanol fuel cells (DMFC), which are viewed as a future power source for portable equipment. The company is the second in as many weeks to announce development of a new memb...

Nintendo responds to PSP threat with new player

Nintendo Co. Ltd. plans to launch a new portable game player later this year, according to a company spokeswoman. The move will likely come at about the same time that Sony Corp. launches an assault on Nintendo's top position in the portable gaming s...

Toshiba squeezes more chips into standard package

Toshiba has developed a new chip production technology that increases by 50 percent the number of layers of components that can be crammed inside a standard Multi Chip Package (MCP) for use in products such as cellular telephones and personal digital...

Sharp opens new LCD production line

Sharp has begun production of LCD (liquid crystal display) panels on a new manufacturing line in Japan that it says is the most advanced commercial line in the world.

Sony unveils first hard disk audio player

Sony took the wraps off its first hard-disk drive based audio player Wednesday, saying the gadget, which will be sold under its Aiwa brand-name, will be available worldwide from April.

SanDisk announces 2GB Memory Stick Pro

SanDisk plans to begin selling a Memory Stick Pro media card with a 2GB capacity from February this year, the company announced at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

HP, Dell throw support behind Blu-ray format

HP and Dell have announced support for the Blu-ray Disc format currently being standardised by a group of 10 companies. The Blu-ray Disc Founders (BDF) group also announced they expect the first products based on a read-only version of the format to ...

First 1GB SD cards to ship this month

SanDisk Corp. has begun production of SD (Secure Digital) memory cards with a 1G-byte capacity and expects them to begin appearing on store shelves before the end of this month.

LG, Toshiba to unveil blue laser recorders

LG Electronics Inc. and Toshiba Corp. are both planning to use the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) to unveil high-definition video recorders that use next-generation blue laser technology, the companies said Wednesday.

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STYLISTIC Q702

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

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STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

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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.

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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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