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UK computer scientists identify future IT challenges

A group of British computer scientists have proposed a number of "grand challenges" for IT that they hope will drive forward research, similar to the way the human genome project drove life sciences research through the 1990s. Ambitious goals include...

Dell recalls laptop power supplies

Dell is recalling some of the one million electrical adapters manufactured in China by Delta Electronics of Taipei and sold for use with Dell notebook computers, following seven reports of the adapters overheating. The adapters pose a risk of fire or...

DVD X Copy vendor shuts doors

Lawsuits have forced the closure of 321 Studios, a developer of software for copying DVDs, according to a notice posted on the company's Web site.

Gates gives progress report on fight against spam

Customers of Microsoft's Hotmail service play an integral part in the company's fight against junk e-mail, Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates said in an open letter Monday. He also dismissed the idea of generating revenue from spammers ...

Intel Capital makes digital home investments

Intel Corp.'s capital arm, Intel Capital, has invested in four wireless and networking technology companies in the hope of solving interoperability, bandwidth and distribution problems in home entertainment devices, it said Wednesday.

Google's Gmail faces trademark, privacy challenges

The gigabyte storage capacity and long memory of Google' planned Web-based e-mail service are making it a big target for privacy campaigners -- and the name, Gmail, could soon be the subject of a trademark dispute, too.

Panasonic grows TV, camera ranges, shrinks phones

A Panasonic-branded 1G-byte SD (Secure Digital) memory card was the smallest of the new products announced Thursday by Matsushita Electric Industrial in a news conference at the Cebit trade show. The largest: a 52-inch PDP (plasma display panel) HDTV...

TDK joins Blu-ray Disc Founders

TDK has joined efforts to develop a 25G-byte rewritable optical disc format. It is the first recording media manufacturer to join the Blu-ray Disc Founders group. The announcement came Thursday at the Cebit trade show in Hanover, Germany.

SanDisk, Motorola create smaller memory card format

SanDisk and Motorola have created a smaller removable flash memory card format for use in mobile phones. The first cards will go on sale in the third quarter to coincide with the launch of a 3G (third generation) Motorola phone designed to use them, ...

'Stop, thief!' say phone manufacturers

Hot on the heels of an initiative by network operators to discourage mobile phone theft, six phone manufacturers publicly pledged their support Tuesday for an industry plan to prevent the reprogramming of stolen phones.

Openwave puts MSN messaging client in mobile phones

MSN Messenger and Hotmail users will soon have access to a slicker mobile version of those services, as new mobile phones incorporating clients for the two messaging services appear on the market, but other messaging services are not yet supported.

Entertainment a major theme of 3GSM World Congress

With several mobile phone manufacturers recently launching "designer" models, it's little wonder that the organizers of the 3GSM World Congress in Cannes, France, have included a fashion show in this year's event.

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Kathy Cassidy

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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