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Societe Generale plans to close loopholes by year end

French bank Societe Generale expects to have remedies in place by year end for the technical and procedural flaws that allowed rogue trader Jerome Kerviel to build a fraudulent trading position that cost the bank Euro 4.9 billion (AUD$8 billion).

Deutsche Telekom seeks investigation of call data abuse

Deutsche Telekom has asked the public prosecutor in Bonn to investigate allegations that its security staff misused call data records on a number of occasions in order to track contacts between board members and journalists, according to company sour...

HP puts green labels on black-and-white printers

Hewlett-Packard has set ambitious goals to improve the energy efficiency of its printers and use more recycled materials in their manufacture -- and it intends to draw buyers' attention to the features with a new Eco Highlights labeling plan.

Game consoles contain environmental hazards, says Greenpeace

Games consoles contain toxic chemicals that would not be allowed in young childrens' toys, even though the technology to eliminate them is available, according to a study by environmental lobby group Greenpeace. However, manufacturers are starting to...

TomTom says Tele Atlas merger held up by EU investigation

TomTom's acquisition of mapping company Tele Atlas has dragged on longer than expected, held up by an investigation by the European Union's antitrust authority, which must approve the merger. TomTom has extended its offer for another two months.

Late surge of votes in favour of OOXML standard

Countries previously against adoption or abstaining whether the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) adopts a file format based on Microsoft's Office Open XML (OOXML) as an international standard, such as the Czech Republic, Denmark a...

EU approves Google-DoubleClick deal

Google's acquisition of DoubleClick does not pose a significant threat to competition in the European online advertising market, the European Commission said this week. However, it reminded the companies that they also have an obligation to respect E...

CEBIT: Sony-Ericsson phone ranks top in Greenpeace guide

A phone from Sony-Ericsson, a notebook from Sony and PCs from Dell and Hewlett Packard came top of their categories in a study of green electronics devices conducted by Greenpeace. There's little cause for celebration, though, as they only scored aro...

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STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Steph Mundell

LIFEBOOK UH574

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

STYLISTIC Q702

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

STYLISTIC Q702

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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