Stories by Martyn Williams

As economies slow, games turn profit for Sony

Sony Chairman and Chief Executive Nobuyuki Idei said Monday the company's game business has recently begun to turn a profit and, despite the economic woes facing many sectors of the IT business, is expected to continue for at least the rest of the fi...

Microsoft announces Plus package for Windows XP

Voice control for Windows Media Player and three-dimensional screen savers are two of the functions that will be included in Microsoft's Plus for XP software, which is scheduled to ship with the new Windows XP operating system in less than one month,...

NEC, SGI strengthen partnership in Japan

SGI Japan, the Japanese unit of Silicon Graphics, strengthened its partnership with NEC and one of its subsidiaries, NEC Soft Ltd., with the signing of an agreement Wednesday that calls for more cooperation and a future capital tie-up between the com...

First sub-$400 LCD monitors appear

IO Data Device has announced the first LCD (liquid crystal display) monitors to carry price tags of less than US$400, on the opening day of the World PC Expo exhibition here.

NEC unveils PDA prototype

NEC has provided the public with a first glimpse at its planned PDA (personal digital assistant), unveiling a prototype of the device at the World PC Expo show which is currently taking place just outside Tokyo.

Matsushita unveils new flat panel displays

Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd., better known by its Panasonic brand name, unveiled a range of new flat-panel displays and televisions on Thursday, some with built-in DVD (digital versatile disc) players.

Fujitsu introduces humanoid robot

Fujitsu Ltd. began selling Monday a two-legged humanoid robot designed to serve as a test bed for research into more advanced robotic technologies.

Via hits back with countersuit against Intel

After finding itself on the receiving end of legal action Friday, Taiwan's Via Technologies Inc. blasted back at rival Intel Corp. Monday, filing lawsuits of its own alleging patent infringement, fair trade law violations and destruction of Via prope...

Sony, SanDisk ink Memory Stick pact

Sony Corp.'s Memory Stick got a boost on Wednesday when the company signed a deal with memory card maker and reseller SanDisk Corp. under which SanDisk will supply Sony with flash memory and Sony will supply finished Memory Stick cards back to SanDis...

At a glance: How HP-Compaq compares

A quick look at how Hewlett-Packard Co., Compaq Computer Corp. and the planned new company to be formed by the acquisition of Compaq by HP measures up against major industry players.

Sony gets cute with new Aibo models

Sony Corp. unveiled a new version of its pet robot, Aibo, on Wednesday. In the 11 months since the company launched its previous model, Aibo has been given a face lift, improved speech recognition and a lower price.

Toshiba announces restructuring, 18,800 jobs to go

Taking a path already traveled by several other Japanese companies, Toshiba announced corporate-wide restructuring plans Monday that will see it focus on strong business sectors at the expense of unprofitable divisions and thousands of jobs.

Seiko, Nike put flexible LCD into watch

Seiko Instruments and Nike are putting some of the latest LCD (liquid crystal display) technology to use in a new watch the two companies have jointly developed.

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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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