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Japan quake tests telecommunications

Reports from some of Japan's major electronics and semiconductor manufacturers suggest their factories suffered little damage from a very large earthquake that hit a large area of western Japan Friday afternoon although the region's telecommunication...

Sanyo Launches iD Photo Optical Disc Format

Sanyo used this week's CEATEC electronics show in Japan to officially launch its iD Photo memory storage disc for digital still cameras. The format was developed jointly by the company with Olympus and Hitachi Maxell.

NEC Develops USB 2.0 Bridge Chip

NEC has developed a new chip designed to help computer peripheral device manufacturers enable their products for the new USB (universal serial bus) 2.0 standard, the company said Thursday.

Samsung Unveils Fast Graphics Memory Chip

South Korea's Samsung Electronics said Friday it has completed development of a new 128M-bit graphics memory chip that incorporates DDR (double data rate) SDRAM (synchronous random access memory) technology and operates at 500Mbps.

Toshiba Debuts LCD for E-Books

Toshiba will soon begin selling a new low-temperature TFT (polysilicon thin-film transistor) LCD (liquid crystal display) designed for use with electronic book readers, the company announced Wednesday.

Samsung, Toshiba debut SmartMedia cards

Users of portable electronic devices such as digital still cameras and MP3 players will soon be able to store and carry more information with them as the next generation of SmartMedia cards hits the market.

Samsung adds pics to MP3 player

And you thought MP3 players were just about music? South Korea's Samsung Electronics has updated its Yepp MP3 player with a new model that brings pictures along with sounds.

Sony Targets Palm with Clie PDA

Aiming squarely at the bows of Palm, Sony will unveil later this week launch plans for its new Palm-OS based personal digital assistant (PDA), the Clie.

Sony to launch SACD/DVD combo player

Aiming at the high end audio and video market (read: people who are serious about their home entertainment and have the wallet to match), Sony is about to launch a new combination optical disc player that supports both DVD-Video and the company's new...

NTT DoCoMo's I-mode Service Fails Again

NTT DoCoMo's "i-Mode" enlisted 10 million subscribers before the service had even completed its first year of operation. Now, problems are beginning to surface as more and more subcribers actually use the service.

G8 Leaders Agree to More Talks on Digital Divide

After three days of talks and months of preparation, leaders of the world's seven largest economic powers plus Russia failed to agree on any specific action to bridge the growing technological divide between the world's richest and poorest nations. A...

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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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