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PC design counts more than ever

Desktop PC design appears to be on its way toward some major changes, with size and colour being critical in determining the success of the design, a study released by IDC concludes.

Top ten 'dot cons' identified

Scams on the Internet now have a name -- dot cons -- and consumer protection agencies around the world are banding together to help catch and prosecute the culprits.

Microsoft posts Q1 net income of $US2.58B

Citing accelerated deployments of Windows 2000 Professional and Windows Millennium Edition (ME), Microsoft Wednesday announced net income of $US2.58 billion for the quarter ended September 30, an 18 per cent increase over the $US2.19 billion reported...

Intel beats revised estimates

After warning last month that demand for PCs in Europe would weaken third-quarter earnings, Intel on Tuesday reported a profit of $US2.9 billion, or 41 US cents a share, and record quarterly revenue of $US8.7 billion.

Business spy threat real, former CIA chief says

Threats to the security of business information are numerous and they come from all directions, including organised crime syndicates, terrorists and government-sponsored espionage, and most global high-technology companies have little idea of the arr...

RIAA Announces Effort to Develop Sound ID

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on Thursday announced a project to develop a worldwide standardised system for identifying digital music files so that the owner of the recording's copyright can easily track its use and collect ro...

MS Office for Mac Released

Microsoft has released the Office 2001 Macintosh Edition in the US and plans to launch the product locally on October 26.

AES Crypto Standard Winner Announced

The US government has selected an algorithm submitted by a pair of Belgian researchers as the winner of its competition to create the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES).

E-Book industry warned of piracy threat

The electronic-book industry must be diligent and energetic in its efforts to avoid the copyright problems the music industry has experienced due to the widespread use of file-sharing technologies, a Microsoft executive said Monday at an e-book confe...

Intel unveils wireless architecture

Intel on Wednesday introduced the Personal Internet Client Architecture, a set of components and software aimed at accelerating the development of next-generation Internet applications for Internet-ready mobile phones and handheld wireless devices.

Report: the Net goes international

North Americans continue to be the largest single block of the online population worldwide, but a report released Friday shows that growth in the number of Web sites in languages other than English and rapid growth in the number of Internet users in ...

US online sales hit $US5.5B in Q2

The US Census Bureau's most recent quarterly survey of online retail sales in the US showed a 5.3 per cent increase over the estimate for the previous quarter, the agency said Thursday.

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

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STYLISTIC Q572

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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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.

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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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