Stories by Martyn Williams

A morning with Microsoft's Xbox 360

Microsoft's Xbox 360 games console won't hit store shelves anywhere worldwide until its North American launch on Nov. 22, but there is one place where people can walk in off the street and get an early taste of next-generation gaming.

Samsung now says it's not planning a music service

Samsung Electronics isn't planning an online music store to compete with existing services, it said Monday. The statement clarifies remarks made just over a week ago by a senior executive to Korean reporters, and subsequently confirmed by the company...

Fujitsu to make S3's Chrome graphics processors

Fujitsu has won a contract to manufacture future chips in S3 Graphics Co's range of Chrome graphics processors, the two companies said Wednesday. Awarding of the contract is an important step towards launch of the chips, which are expected to be much...

Sony's new camera doesn't get the shakes

Sony's latest digital still camera, the DSC-T9, has something for people who can never seem to take a clear picture. The camera incorporates two anti-blur systems: one to compensate for the effect of unsteady hands and one to capture fast moving obje...

Sanyo develops ready-to-use rechargeable battery

Sanyo Electric has developed a rechargeable battery that can be supplied to users ready-to-use. The new battery enables charging at the time of manufacturing so that users don't have to charge them as soon as they pull them out the box.

Print lawsuit just routine, says Google's Schmidt

A lawsuit filed against Google last week by a group of publishers alleging copyright infringement over its ambitious plan to scan and digitize thousands of books was painted as a routine part of doing business by Eric Schmidt, Google's chief executiv...

Chip shortage will hit MP3 players, says Creative

An industry-wide shortage of a key flash memory chips will hit the availability of some models of MP3 player during the upcoming holiday shopping period, the head of Creative Technology's U.S. unit said Wednesday.

Sony's new PS2 won't play all games

Sony Computer Entertainment (SCEI) is launching a limited edition version of its PlayStation 2 to boost holiday sales in Japan. It comes with a special surprise: the inability to play some games smoothly.

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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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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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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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