Stories by Martyn Williams

Spot Price for 64MB DRAMs Sinks Below $US6

The price for mainstay computer memory chips sank below the $US6 level Thursday, continuing a slide that has now seen more than 30 per cent shaved off the price in the last three months. Analysts, however, said pricing may be about to rebound.

Mobile Phones Get in the Picture

It's always the way .... you see a great photo opportunity but you never have a camera to hand. The latest innovation from two of Japan and South Korea's main mobile handset makers is about to change all of that however -- the companies are building ...

Hitachi, LG Ink Optical Disc Alliance

Japan's Hitachi and South Korea's LG Electronics have announced plans to pool their knowledge and establish a joint-venture company to develop optical disc-based products for the personal computer market.

Pioneer Shows Off First DVD-R/RW Drive

Pioneer used the CEATEC electronics show in Japan last week to claim a world first and show off a prototype of a new rewritable DVD drive for personal computers.

NEC Unveils First Reflective LCD

NEC has unveiled its first example of a new type of LCD (liquid crystal display) that holds out the prospect of much longer battery life for portable products fitted with the screen.

Japan quake tests telecommunications

Reports from some of Japan's major electronics and semiconductor manufacturers suggest their factories suffered little damage from a very large earthquake that hit a large area of western Japan Friday afternoon although the region's telecommunication...

Sanyo Launches iD Photo Optical Disc Format

Sanyo used this week's CEATEC electronics show in Japan to officially launch its iD Photo memory storage disc for digital still cameras. The format was developed jointly by the company with Olympus and Hitachi Maxell.

NEC Develops USB 2.0 Bridge Chip

NEC has developed a new chip designed to help computer peripheral device manufacturers enable their products for the new USB (universal serial bus) 2.0 standard, the company said Thursday.

Samsung Unveils Fast Graphics Memory Chip

South Korea's Samsung Electronics said Friday it has completed development of a new 128M-bit graphics memory chip that incorporates DDR (double data rate) SDRAM (synchronous random access memory) technology and operates at 500Mbps.

Toshiba Debuts LCD for E-Books

Toshiba will soon begin selling a new low-temperature TFT (polysilicon thin-film transistor) LCD (liquid crystal display) designed for use with electronic book readers, the company announced Wednesday.

Samsung, Toshiba debut SmartMedia cards

Users of portable electronic devices such as digital still cameras and MP3 players will soon be able to store and carry more information with them as the next generation of SmartMedia cards hits the market.

Samsung adds pics to MP3 player

And you thought MP3 players were just about music? South Korea's Samsung Electronics has updated its Yepp MP3 player with a new model that brings pictures along with sounds.

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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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