Stories by Martyn Williams

IBM sees video, not PCs, driving hard-disk sales

For years the hard-disk drive market has been driven by a simple rule: users are always looking for more storage space. But a series of innovations has lead to big advances in the last couple of years that have left the market on the verge of change.

Blu-ray Disc takes a step forward

Following on from its unveiling in February this year, the nine companies behind the next-generation Blu-ray Disc optical format are to start disclosing detailed specifications to interested parties.

Infineon, Taiwan's Nanya to collaborate on DRAM

Germany's Infineon Technologies AG and Taiwan's Nanya Technology have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that could lead to the joint construction of an advanced memory-chip factory in Taiwan

Canon develops Flash player for cell phones

Canon and HI Corp., which makes 3-D image rendering software for cellular-telephone handsets, have jointly developed an engine that allows Macromedia Flash content to be played on mobile handsets.

Sony sees PS2 sales at double Xbox for this year

Sony Computer Entertainment (SCEI) expects to ship 20 million PlayStation 2 consoles in the current financial year, an increase on last year's total shipments and more than double those predicted by Microsoft for its Xbox console, according to the co...

Sony reports highest sales in company history

Sony Corp. achieved its largest consolidated sales in company history in the last fiscal year, it said Thursday. Aided by the weak yen and strong sales of its PlayStation 2 games console, the company said net sales totalled ¥7.6 trillion ($108 billio...

Japan takes world's fastest supercomputer title

A supercomputer used to analyze global climate change at a Japanese government research institute has stolen the title of fastest computer in the world from a machine at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in the U.S.

Micron signs preliminary $3.4B deal with Hynix

The long running will-they, won't-they saga of a tie-up between Hynix Semiconductor Inc. and Micron Technology Inc. could soon be at an end. Micron said Monday is has signed a preliminary agreement worth around US$3.4 billion that will give it Hynix'...

IDF - Intel pushes UWB wireless to 100M bps, looks higher

As standardization talks begin on a new wireless data transmission technology called Ultra Wideband (UWB), Intel has demonstrated a prototype UWB system that can send data at 100M bps (bits per second) and said it plans to push the technology to high...

Hynix reaps gain from higher DRAM prices

The rising price of computer memory may not be welcomed by consumers, but for South Korea's Hynix Semiconductor Inc., one of the largest memory chip makers in the world, the higher prices have brought with them something not seen for more than a year...

Unannounced Intel P4 chipsets appear in Tokyo

Once again, the component shops in Tokyo's Akihabara electronics district have beaten Intel Corp. to the punch by putting on display computer motherboards based on engineering samples of two unannounced Intel chipsets.

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

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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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