Stories by Martyn Williams

DVD boosts Japan electronics production in 2000

The upsurge in popularity of DVD (Digital Versatile Disc) during 2000 provided a boost to Japan's consumer electronics industry during the last year, according to data released by the Japan Electronics and Information Technologies Industry Associatio...

Sega dumps Dreamcast to focus on software

Sega threw in the towel Wednesday on its Dreamcast console with the announcement that it plans to restructure the company around its software business and turn around from four years of losses.

Sega licenses Dreamcast architecture

Sega has for the first time licensed out the architecture of its Dreamcast games console to another company, the Japanese company announced Tuesday. The company has signed a deal with UK-based Pace Micro Technology, a specialist manufacturer of cable...

NTT DoCoMo launches first Java mobile phones

NTT DoCoMo announced Thursday the long-awaited launch of a new generation of cellular telephones with support for the Java programming language, and provided details of launch content for the handsets.

Fujitsu debuts notebook with Bluetooth handset

Want to check your e-mail from the sofa but the PC is not within reach? Fujitsu has announced a new notebook computer with a remote terminal that allows users to check their mail and control the PC.

LG debuts Linux tablet PC

South Korea's LG Electronics has announced development of a Linux-based tablet PC that boasts wireless LAN connectivity.

Report: OECD to OK Net Taxes on Music, Software

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) is likely to approve a tax on cross-border Internet-based music and software sales when it meets in June 2001, according to a report from Japan's Kyodo News Service.

Study: World DRAM Market Expansion to Slow in 2001

Worldwide demand for DRAM (dynamic random access memory) will increase by 50 percent to 370 petabits in 2001, down on the 65 percent jump estimated for the market during 2000, according to a forecast released Monday by Japanese market research compan...

Sony, DoCoMo, Others to Launch E-Money System

Sony Corp., NTT DoCoMo Inc. and nine other companies announced plans Monday for a full-scale launch within the year of an electronic money system. The companies intend to develop the system into a major payment system within five years, the companies...

Study: Digital Camera Shipments Soared in 2000

Worldwide shipments of digital still cameras will hit 10.8 million units in 2000 and are poised to rise higher still in 2001, according to an estimate from Japanese market research company Nikkei Market Access (NMA).

Telstra to launch satellite Internet service

Telstra announced Tuesday it had signed a deal with Asia Satellite Telecommunications (Asiasat) to use the Asiasat 3S satellite to offer a nationwide broadband Internet service from 2001.

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GGG Evaluation Team

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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