Stories by Peter Sayer

3GSM - Still looking for the 'killer app'

After investing hundreds of millions of dollars in multimedia messaging infrastructure, the mobile phone industry is still looking for the "killer app," the overwhelmingly useful application that will drive usage of it, according to Don Listwin, chie...

XBox encryption key hackers throw in towel

The Neo Project, a group of distributed computing enthusiasts, has abandoned its attempt to crack an encryption key used to digitally sign software for Microsoft Corp.'s Xbox video game console, after just four days.

No jail time sought for teen in Norway DeCSS trial

In closing arguments Monday, prosecutors called for Jon Lech Johansen, the 19-year-old Norwegian charged with using and distributing DeCSS, a program that can be used to break the digital copy-protection mechanism of DVDs, to be given a three-month s...

Google searches shopping sites with Froogle

Search engine company Google Inc. is testing an online shopping price comparison service, Froogle, and has introduced beta versions of two other search tools, Google Webquotes and Google Viewer.

Microsoft aims to cut bugs from software recipes

The proof of the pudding is in the eating, goes the old adage: a piece of folk wisdom that Microsoft Corp.'s chief executive officer, Steve Ballmer, hopes the company can apply to software development.

Tetris tops Parisian night on the tiles

If you hear reports of giant, glowing blocks falling from the top of the French National Library in Paris this week, don't be alarmed: it's just Berlin's Chaos Computer Club (CCC) at play.

Yahoo reevaluates its mail filters

Yahoo Inc. has cleaned up filters used to protect users of its Web-based e-mail service from malicious scripts embedded in HTML-format messages, and in so doing has put an end to one of the strangest of Internet neologisms.

Report: Microsoft plans security chip for next Windows

Microsoft wants to change the fundamental architecture of the PC, adding security hardware to a future release of its Windows operating system, the company acknowledged Monday, after a media report and an analyst briefed by the company said as much....

Audiogalaxy caves in to RIAA, will filter songs

Audiogalaxy Inc., the company behind the Audiogalaxy.com peer-to-peer music file sharing service, is to pay music publishers "a substantial sum" and filter out copyright songs from its service as a result of an out-of-court settlement reached with re...

HP sacked worker after info leak

Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP) has terminated the employment of a worker who admitted leaking two company memos to the media in violation of company policy, according to an internal e-mail passed to journalists.

U.S. Robotics doubles speed of 802.11b wireless LAN

U.S. Robotics Corp. (USR) has boosted the speed of its latest range of wireless LAN products for small businesses to 22M bps (bits per second), while retaining compatibility with existing 2.4GHz systems built to the IEEE 802.11b standard, the Schaumb...

Particle accelerator database tops 500T bytes

So you think you've got database scalability problems? Staff at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) are grappling with a database holding over 500T bytes of data, and growing at more than 500G bytes every day.

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

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

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The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

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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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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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