Stories by Martyn Williams

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...

Samsung shows new Pocket PC phone

Samsung Electronics has taken the wraps off a prototype of what is likely to be the most fully-featured PDA (personal digital assistant) phone it has yet produced when it goes on sale early next year.

Samsung's new phone can read your handwriting

If you have ever had the need to write something down during a phone call but were caught without a pen and paper, then Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. might have just the cellular telephone for you.

IBM enhances Pixie Dust for 80G mobile drive

IBM Corp. says an enhancement to its 'Pixie Dust' technology has enabled it to break the current storage density record for hard disk drives and to produce the highest capacity mobile hard disk drive yet.

Tablet PC launch to begin rolling in Asia

Three countries in Asia will be the first to see devices based on Microsoft Corp.'s Tablet PC operating system go on commercial sale later Thursday as part of a worldwide roll-out that will end almost where it begins.

Toshiba packs 128MB into new Pocket PC

Toshiba Corp. will begin selling from the end of next week three new models of its Genio PDA (personal digital assistant) including two that feature 128M bytes of memory -- the highest capacity yet for a Pocket PC based PDA.

MS China lab comes of age with Tablet PC launch

The launch of the Tablet PC marks a second attempt by Microsoft to popularize pen computing, but to the 140 researchers and staff at Microsoft's Research center in Beijing, the event signifies something of a coming of age.

Dell launches its smallest desktop PC yet

Dell Computer launched Monday what it says is its smallest desktop computer yet. The OptiPlex SX260 is 50 percent smaller by volume than the company's current OptiPlex machines and comes with an LCD (liquid crystal display) monitor.

Desktop chips to hit 15GHz by 2010, says Intel

Users can expect to see the processing speed of Intel Corp.'s desktop processors hit 15GHz and that of wireless device and PDA (personal digital assistant) processors hit 5GHz by 2010, the chip maker's chief technology officer said in Tokyo on Wednes...

Square previews 'Final Fantasy X-2,' new titles

Japan's Square Co. Ltd. unveiled Tuesday its forthcoming games for the Japan market for the next six months and offered a first look at its "Final Fantasy X-2" title. At an event in Tokyo, the company announced launch dates for seven games and also d...

Matsushita, MS promote new media storage standard

Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd., better known as Panasonic, and Microsoft Corp. have jointly developed a new way to store, access and retrieve digital multimedia stored on recordable optical discs, they announced in Tokyo on Friday.

WPCE - Pioneer planning network AV server for US market

Engineers at Pioneer in Japan are working on a client/server system that allows digital audio, video and Internet content to be accessed through televisions in the home and are hoping to launch it in the North American market in the second quarter of...

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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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