Stories by Martyn Williams

Four-speed DVD writers expected mid-year

The next speed jump for recordable and rewritable DVD drives is expected to come as early as May this year now that two Japanese companies have completed development of components crucial for faster drives.

Gates launches Microsoft's Xbox in Japan

Were Microsoft Corp. not launching its Xbox games console, the early morning scene in Tokyo's trendy Shibuya district might have seemed unusual. A long line of gamers, queuing since before dawn, flanked by crowds of photographers, TV cameras and hund...

Blu-ray optical disk format proposed

Nine of the world's largest electronics companies have taken a joint step towards commercialization of a next-generation optical disk system and with it raised the possibility of a new format battle.

Hitachi to target corporate users with new PDA

Hitachi Ltd. is targeting corporate users with its first PDA (personal digital assistant), combining Microsoft Corp.'s Windows CE .Net operating system, Intel Corp.'s XScale microprocessor and a built-in wireless LAN modem. The device will ship in Ap...

Japanese PC makers to support Microsoft's Mira

Just over a month after Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates unveiled his company's new Mira technology, which allows users to access their Windows XP desktop from a portable, wireless-equipped terminal, four of Japan's top pers...

Mitsubishi Electric unveils a display to be ignored

Try on a wearable display -- those in-front-of-the-eyes video displays that some futurists believe we will all be using in a few years -- and you'll soon come up against one of two problems: They are either fixed in front of your eyes, making looking...

Hitachi eyes investing in more biotech startups

Japan's Hitachi Ltd. is plans to increase the amount of money it invests in start-up companies involved in bioinformatics and biotechnology as it attempts to strengthen that sector of its business.

Toshiba pushes hard disk density higher

Engineers at Toshiba Corp. have demonstrated a working prototype of a hard disk drive that crams in 50 percent more data than previous models and opens the way to higher capacity hard disk drives (HDDs).

Sony sees a record quarter

Sony Corp. seemingly flew in the face of its own market observations Friday when, announcing its third-quarter financial results, said general weakness continued in the global economy during the last three months of 2001 and then announced it recorde...

TSMC sees 2001 income sink, brighter times ahead

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC), the world's largest contract semiconductor maker, saw a sharp fall in revenues and profits in 2001 as the worldwide semiconductor industry witnessed low demand. Results issued by the company Friday ...

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

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