Stories by Martyn Williams

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.

Sony Japan to replace faulty Transmeta notebooks

In the wake of a fault discovered in Transmeta's 600MHz TM5600 Crusoe microprocessor, Sony said Friday it will offer replacement machines to any users in Japan that report problems. Sony, however, stopped short of following the lead of NEC, which on ...

Recall trouble hits Transmeta

Several of Japan's largest notebook computer manufacturers were put into a spin Thursday morning after NEC announced it was recalling around 10 per cent of notebooks it has produced based on Crusoe microprocessors from Transmeta because of a fault in...

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...

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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.

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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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