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Sharp unveils Zaurus PDA with video player

Sharp unveiled its next-generation Zaurus this week -- a machine that goes the farthest yet towards bridging the gap between a PDA (personal digital assistant) and personal entertainment computer.

Canon develops paper-thin digital display

Canon demonstrated Wednesday a prototype digital display that is only slightly thicker than a sheet of paper. The technology, which could be on the market as soon as the end of next year, is hoped to become a major component of future electronic book...

Second generation DVD-R media hits the streets

The recordable optical media marketplace is growing fast. While a host of brand new formats, such as DVD+RW, are nearing launch existing formats are getting make-overs that allow more data to be stored on seemingly identical 12-centimetre optical dis...

Sony unveils prototype humanoid robot

Sony on Tuesday lifted the veil on its latest entertainment robot development efforts and demonstrated it has made the evolutionary jump from four legs to two legs.

Sony expands Memory Stick platform

Sony is enlisting support in its battle for supremacy in the memory card market. The company, which has been battling alone since the 1998 launch of Memory Stick against formats with wider industry support, demonstrated a selection of products from o...

Internet groups establish wiretap legal hotline

Trade organisations representing most of the world's largest Internet backbone operators and service providers have established a hotline where operators can get legal advice when they receive US federal government wiretap requests.

Report: DoCoMo, Telecom NZ eye Optus Mobile

Japan's DoCoMo and Telecom New Zealand are in talks about the possibility of jointly bidding for a slice of the mobile business of the Australian company Cable & Wireless Optus, the Financial Times reported Thursday in its Asian edition.

Report: police arrest ex-Liquid Audio Japan exec

Police arrested Wednesday the former president of Internet music distribution company Liquid Audio Japan and four others on suspicion of confinement of a business colleague who was planning to start a similar company in the US, Japanese media reporte...

NEC to boost 3G R&D in Australia

NEC plans to strengthen its work in development of third-generation cellular systems by increasing its investment in research and development in Australia.

Japan plans Internet, IT training for millions

With the aim of laying the foundation for a strong future knowledge-based economy, the Japanese government Thursday unveiled an economic stimulus package with a focus on information technology and the Internet.

NEC launches bluetooth, wireless LAN products

NEC has this week launched a group of products from printers to personal computers that make use of two new wireless technologies to go someway towards freeing the desk of users from a spaghetti-like mass of cables.

LG claims first with new touch-panel LCD

LG Electronics said Tuesday its liquid crystal display (LCD) joint venture with Philips Electronics, LG Philips LCD, has succeeded in developing an LCD panel with an integrated location sensor.

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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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