Stories by Martyn Williams

Sony speeds up DVD multiformat drive

Sony has upgraded its multi-format DVD recording drive adding faster recording to the unit, although users will have to wait a while to use one format at the higher speed because of a lack of available media.

Hitachi debuts fast, power-saving notebook drive

Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, the company formed when Japan's Hitachi bought IBM's hard disk drive business, announced Wednesday the development of a notebook computer hard disk drive that stands to offer users higher performance with little p...

Toshiba develops 36G byte AOD disc

Toshiba has developed a dual-layer rewritable optical disc for use with the blue-laser-based AOD (Advanced Optical Disc) format that it is developing with NEC.

Watchmaker puts flash memory close at hand

The decreasing size and increasing capacity of flash memory chips has enabled small portable memory devices, such as flash disks and key rings, and a Vienna-based company has packaged flash memory into something many people wear all the time: a wrist...

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.

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

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