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PalmOne gives interim CEO full-time gig

PalmOne has taken the term "interim" out of Ed Colligan's job title, making him the company's new chief executive officer (CEO) and president, the PDA (personal digital assistant) maker announced Monday. The move comes just days before PalmOne is exp...

Microsoft, Philips marry Windows with Nexperia

Philips Electronics will make semiconductors for consumer electronics devices capable of playing Windows Media audio and video files as part of a nonexclusive deal with Microsoft, the companies said Wednesday.

W3C gets proactive with Mobile Web Initiative

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) formally launched the Mobile Web Initiative at its WWW2005 Conference in Japan, on Wednesday, putting out a call for participants to join two working groups focused on making Web access from mobile devices as natur...

Nokia new Nseries woos with cameras, music, 3G

Nokia on Wednesday launched three new Nseries mobile handsets, hoping users will be seduced by the smart phones' built-in multimedia gadgets, which take print-quality pictures, read e-mail, play music, browse Web sites and display mobile TV.

Security in new Opera browser fights phishing

Internet browser company Opera Software has added features for tighter security and the ability to surf the Web with voice commands in the latest version of its browser, Opera 8 for Windows and Linux, launched Tuesday.

Reuters shuts down system to fight Kelvir IM worm

Reuters Group was able to bring its instant messaging (IM) system back online early on Friday morning, after an outbreak of the Kelvir worm led the company to shut down the system for most of Thursday.

Ireland putting digital films in every cinema

Digital cinema is coming to Ireland in a big way. A project is underway to install a digital cinema network throughout the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, with the aim of converting all its cinema screens to digital format.

Rambus, Infineon reach settlement

Rambus and Infineon Technologies have hammered out a settlement that will end all pending lawsuits between the companies and start a licensing agreement for the use of the Rambus patent portfolio in Infineon products, the companies announced Monday.

EBay classifieds get international launch

In its latest move to expand beyond online auctions and to grow internationally, eBay late Tuesday said that it now runs Web sites offering free classified advertising in over 50 cities outside the U.S.

Marks & Spencer expands RFID trial, includes lingerie

U.K. retailer Marks & Spencer (M&S) will extend its ongoing trial of radio frequency identification (RFID) technology for the management of its clothing stock from nine of its stores to 53 in the second quarter of next year.

Ericsson adds content portal to hosted services

Ericsson extended its hosted service offerings at the 3GSM show in Cannes this week. One of the new additions should make it easier for mobile operators to deliver music, video and other content to subscribers' mobile phones.

Ringtone to be released as UK music single

Many popular songs have been turned into mobile phone ringtones, but the tables have been turned and a ringtone is set to be released in the U.K. as a music single in April.

Airbus preps A380 aeroplanes for mobile phone use

European aircraft manufacturer Airbus plans to include in its new Superjumbo A380 planes an optional voice and data system that can allow passengers to use their mobile devices in flight, the company announced Tuesday.

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

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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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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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