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Samsung sticks hard-disk drive in new phone

Samsung has stuck a hard-disk drive in its new mobile phone. The handset was unveiled at the ITU Telecom Asia event in South Korea and is the first mobile phone of its kind in the world, the company says.

MPEG4, Microsoft's VC1 added to Blu-ray Disc standard

The Blu-ray Disc Association has added the MPEG4 and VC1 video codecs to its specification for prerecorded Blu-ray Disc media, it said Wednesday. Blu-ray Disc is one of two formats vying to become the de facto optical disc standard for high-definitio...

Sony outlines flat panel TV technology plans

Sony, long a leading player in the television market with its Trinitron CRT (cathode ray tube) technology, is getting serious about the fast-expanding flat-panel television sector. On Thursday the company launched a major push into the market with a ...

Report: Hitachi, Matsushita to tie on LCDs

Hitachi and Matsushita Electric Industrial have reached a basic agreement to jointly produce liquid crystal display (LCD) panels and Hitachi has invited Toshiba to also participate, according to a report in the Friday morning edition of the Nihon Kei...

Toshiba announces 60GB, 1.8-inch hard-disk drive

Toshiba will begin mass-producing a 60G-byte, 1.8-inch hard-disk drive before the end of the year, it said Wednesday. Such drives are commonly used in digital music players and sub-notebook computers.

HD-DVD comes out fighting, launch in 2005

The HD-DVD (High Definition/High Density-DVD) next-generation optical disc format got a boost Monday with the announcement by Toshiba and NEC that they plan to launch compatible products next year and with word that a major Japanese content producer ...

Hitachi develops one-button text input terminal

Hitachi has developed a prototype system that gives the ability to input simple messages into a computer to those unable to type. The system, called Mobile Den-no-shin, works with a custom computer that resembles a tablet PC and uses a single push-bu...

Long lines await iPod mini's Tokyo debut

Apple Computer began international sales of its iPod mini digital music player on Saturday and opened the doors of its Tokyo store to a line of more than one thousand people.

Panasonic shows IPv6 camera, printer

Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd., better known by its Panasonic brand name, has unveiled a network camera and printer that offer support for IPv6, the latest version of the Internet Protocol.

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Kathy Cassidy


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

Anthony Grifoni


For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Steph Mundell


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


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


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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