Stories by Kuriko Miyake

Pentax, Sanyo test disposable digital camera service

Three Japanese companies are testing what they claim to be the world's first photo-processing service using disposable digital still cameras. Asahi Optical Co. Ltd., which makes Pentax brand cameras, electronics manufacturer Sanyo Electric Co. Ltd. a...

Sharp develops a 'chatting' interface

"How is the weather in Tokyo?" A demonstrator is questioning "Maico," a cute, three-dimensional, 26-year-old female on a display screen. "Yes? the weather in Tokyo? let me check," nods and answers Maico, looking straight at the demonstrator. The comp...

Network system to support visually impaired people

Visually impaired people often find that they go shopping and cannot choose appropriate colors for the products they are buying, or do laundry and cannot match pairs of socks. A new software system shown at the Real World Computing Project's final ex...

Organic EL displays make many appearances

Organic electroluminescent (EL) displays, which many regard as a next-generation display capable of replacing LCDs (liquid crystal displays), made appearances in several mobile device prototypes at the CEATEC Japan 2001 exhibition and wowed attendees...

Flat panel TVs just keep getting bigger

In Japan, "liquid crystal means Sharp" is one of Sharp Corp.'s advertising slogans, and the company was determined to prove that correct at the CEATEC Japan 2001 exhibition here with a handful of new products that included the largest LCD (liquid cry...

Panasonic to launch 256MB and 512MB SD cards

Matsushita Electric Industrial will unveil at the CEATEC exhibition on Tuesday two new SD (secure digital) memory cards, a 256M-byte and 512M-byte card that the company plans to release at the end of this year and the beginning of next year respectiv...

Sony unveils DVD Walkman with detachable LCD

Sony on Thursday unveiled its DVD (digital versatile disc) Walkman, the D-VM1, which allows users to listen to music or watch movies using a detachable LCD (liquid crystal display) screen.

Canon unveils latest EOS digital camera

Canon unveiled its latest digital still camera Tuesday, a 4.15 million-pixel model intended for professional users, which features what the company claims is the world's fastest continuous shooting speed.

Drinkers travel miles to buy soft drink with mobile phones

Would-be customers travelled for up to an hour to use NTT DoCoMo Inc.'s first cell phone-enabled soda vending machine. Trial services of the special Cmode vending machine, which allows users of the I-mode service to pay for cans of soda using their c...

Sharp unwraps new Zaurus

Sharp Corp.'s latest Zaurus PDA (personal digital assistant) was unveiled on Wednesday afternoon, with a built-in video recorder, camcorder and mobile phone.

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HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

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Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

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Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

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