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IDC: PC shipments slower but still robust to 2005

Despite expectations that worldwide PC shipments over the next two years won't be able to match figures for 2003, the forecast is still one of double-digit growth through 2005, market research firm IDC said Wednesday in its Quarterly PC Tracker estim...

Court rejects ban on DVD descrambling code

In a closely watched case concerning a DVD-cracking tool that has been distributed over the Internet, a California appeals court has reversed a 4-year-old order banning the publication of the computer code that can be used to copy DVDs.

Kazaa owner has its day in court against music industry

Sharman Networks, the owner and distributor of the Kazaa peer-to-peer (P-to-P) network, argued its case on Friday in the Federal Court of Australia against charges brought by Music Industry Piracy Investigations (MIPI), a subsidiary of the Australian...

Microsoft deflecting Mydoom-B DOS attack

Microsoft on Tuesday said it had yet to be affected by a Mydoom-B worm-induced distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack, which antivirus software companies predicted would be fairly easy for the software company to fend off.

Industry group launches wireless DRM initiative

Industry group the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) on Monday launched its newest Digital Rights Management (DRM) system for protecting digital music, video and software from illegal file sharing over mobile devices.

Microsoft ordered to pay Eolas $520M in patent case

A federal judge on Wednesday upheld a jury ruling that Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE) Web browser infringed on a patent owned by Eolas Technologies and the University of California, and ordered the company to pay US$520.6 million in damages.

Napster to bring digital music to the masses

Beginning Feb. 15, US consumers can plug into Napster LLC's digital music service by purchasing a "Napster Burnpak" from retailer Target Corp., part of Napster's continued creative marketing push to take on market leader Apple Computer Inc.'s iTunes....

Consumer group sues over copy-protected CDs

The Belgian consumer group Test-Aankoop is suing the world's four biggest music companies, accusing them of unfairly using copy protection technology to keep consumers from fully using their legally bought CDs.

ICANN to give new gTLDs a new push

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) will launch a new initiative for enabling new generic top level domains (gTLDs), the group announced Friday after completing its week-long meeting in Carthage, Tunisia.

Microsoft Media2Go gets new name, six month delay

Microsoft on Monday updated its plans for entering the portable media market, giving the software formerly known as Media2Go the official name of Windows Mobile software for Portable Media Centers and pushing back the time frame for when the devices ...

Microsoft dominance of OS market grows, IDC study says

Despite increasing pressure from Linux, Microsoft dominated the worldwide market in 2002 for OSs (operating systems) used on servers and, less surprisingly, the OS market on the client side. It will continue to defend its market position for at least...

Opera strikes licensing deal with Adobe

Adobe Systems will include the cross-platform rendering engine from niche browser maker Opera Software of Norway in its future products using the Macintosh and Windows operating systems, Opera 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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