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AMD to release faster PC chips next week

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) has begun shipping faster versions of its Athlon and Duron processors and, according to industry sources, will officially launch them this Thursday.

Sharp to unveil Linux PDA next week

Sharp will unveil its long-awaited Linux-based PDA (personal digital assistant) at the JavaOne conference beginning in San Francisco on June 4, according to a company source.

Samsung unveils customised Rambus DRAMs

Samsung Electronics has taken the wraps off three Rambus DRAM (dynamic random access memory) memory modules targeted at specific markets -- networking, servers and high-end personal computers -- marking a move from the current one-size-fits-all strat...

An earful of music from Sony

Sony's latest digital music player promises to give users an earful of their favorite songs. The NW-E8P, which will be available in Japan from 21 April, looks something like a hearing aid on steroids -- but with a lot more style.

Micron to ramp up DDR SDRAM production

Micron Technology plans to ramp up production of DDR (double data rate) SDRAM (synchronous dynamic random access memory) in the light of growing support for the next-generation memory standard, the company has announced.

AMD sues Alcatel over flash memory contract

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) has filed a lawsuit against Alcatel Business Systems, a unit of France's Alcatel, in a dispute over breach of contract relating to flash memory chips.

Microsoft kicks off Xbox online games plan

Microsoft is teaming up with NTT Communications, the Internet and long distance telecommunications arm of Japan's dominant telephone operator, to develop an online gaming platform for Microsoft's soon-to-be-launched Xbox video games console.

Sony gets ready for the broadband era

Sony set out its plans for the coming financial year Thursday and stated an intention to move from being a consumer electronics maker to a "personal broadband network solutions company" in time for the coming of the broadband network era, which the c...

DoCoMo to link I-mode with vending machines

NTT DoCoMo is taking its first step towards enabling users of the hit I-mode wireless Internet service to make purchases using their cellular telephones. The company announced plans Wednesday to launch a pilot scheme with Coca Cola (Japan) and Itochu...

Organic EL displays step forward

Confined to flat panel display conferences and shows until now, organic electroluminescence displays (OELDs) made an appearance at the CeBIT show in Hanover last week as industry buzz surrounding the new displays continues to build on the back of a s...

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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.

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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.

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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

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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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