Stories by Martyn Williams

An earful of music from Sony

Sony's latest digital music player promises to give users an earful of their favorite songs. The NW-E8P, which will be available in Japan from 21 April, looks something like a hearing aid on steroids -- but with a lot more style.

Micron to ramp up DDR SDRAM production

Micron Technology plans to ramp up production of DDR (double data rate) SDRAM (synchronous dynamic random access memory) in the light of growing support for the next-generation memory standard, the company has announced.

AMD sues Alcatel over flash memory contract

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) has filed a lawsuit against Alcatel Business Systems, a unit of France's Alcatel, in a dispute over breach of contract relating to flash memory chips.

Microsoft kicks off Xbox online games plan

Microsoft is teaming up with NTT Communications, the Internet and long distance telecommunications arm of Japan's dominant telephone operator, to develop an online gaming platform for Microsoft's soon-to-be-launched Xbox video games console.

Sony gets ready for the broadband era

Sony set out its plans for the coming financial year Thursday and stated an intention to move from being a consumer electronics maker to a "personal broadband network solutions company" in time for the coming of the broadband network era, which the c...

DoCoMo to link I-mode with vending machines

NTT DoCoMo is taking its first step towards enabling users of the hit I-mode wireless Internet service to make purchases using their cellular telephones. The company announced plans Wednesday to launch a pilot scheme with Coca Cola (Japan) and Itochu...

Organic EL displays step forward

Confined to flat panel display conferences and shows until now, organic electroluminescence displays (OELDs) made an appearance at the CeBIT show in Hanover last week as industry buzz surrounding the new displays continues to build on the back of a s...

Sony inks emulation deal with Connectix

As the saying goes, if you can't beat them, join them. After battling Connectix in court for two years, Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) signed a development deal Wednesday with the company under which the two will jointly work on emulation...

Toshiba beefs up TFT LCD monitor range

Toshiba plans to begin international sales of a 20.8-inch flat panel monitor later this year and will use the CeBIT 2001 trade show, which opens next week in Hanover, Germany, to kick off marketing of the device.

Successor to S3 Savage chip launched

S3 Graphics, the recently formed joint venture between SonicBlue and Via Technologies, launched Thursday the successor to its Savage series of graphics processor chips for notebook computers -- the SuperSavage processor.

Sony readies double density CD offering

Sony said Wednesday it plans to launch in April a new type of CD that can hold twice as much data as the current format. The Double Density CD format allows up to 1.3GB of data to be stored on a disc, although the new system is not compatible with th...

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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.

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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