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HD DVD in Paramount, DreamWorks deal

I've always said that studio support is one of the key things in this format war between Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD. And given that the support for disc formats was always up to the studios, who could conceivably change sides at some point in the game, ...

Foreversafe offers online backup forever

Lots of sites are in the game of online backup, for a price. But <a href="http://foreversafe.com/" target="_blank">Foreversafe</a>, launched Tuesday, goes one step beyond the typical online backup offer I've seen. The company, based in France, is pro...

Solid-state drives versus hard-disk drives

The idea of using flash-based storage in a notebook isn't new. Nevertheless, the high cost of flash has prevented it from replacing hard-disk drives on mainstream notebook PCs, despite some advantages in power consumption, shock resistance, and speed...

Seagate announces 1TB hard drive

Seagate jumps into the 1 terabyte hard drive fray with its Barracuda 7200.11, announced Monday and due to ship in the third quarter of 2007. The company is second-to-market with a single drive that pakcs 1TB of storage; rival Hitachi came out in the ...

New Kodak sensors see well in dark

Shooting in low light situations can be a source of frustration. Kodak aims to mitigate that with its new image sensor technology, expected to be available in products in 2008.

Western Digital ships 750GB hard drive

One year after the first 750GB hard drive debuted, Western Digital joins Seagate and Hitachi with its own 750GB offering. Western Digital's WD Caviar SE16 750GB Serial ATA hard drive carries a variety of performance specs: performance with 3 Gb/s tra...

Star Wars not slated for Blu-ray--yet

I admit it: I tingle at the prospect of seeing lightsabers clash and the Death Star explode in high-definition. Contrary to recent musings on the Web, though, Vader, R2-D2, Yoda, and the rest of the classic Star Wars gang aren't coming soon to a Blu-...

AACS attacks: What do they mean?

If you build it, the hackers will come. And come out in droves they have, joining forces to continue assaulting the Advanced Access Content System. Doom9's forums have been abuzz with news about the ongoing attacks on the AACS copy protection of Blu-...

200GB portable hard drive debuts

Being the capacity monger I am, it didn't take much for Toshiba Storage pique my interest beyond telling me it was announcing a 200GB external hard drive. The company was first to market last year with a two-platter, 2.5-inch 200GB hard drive for not...

SimpleTech unveils terabyte external hard drive

The design firm that crafted the seminal Ferrari car has turned its attention to hard drives, and the first of its efforts is an elegantly curved external drive just unveiled by c The rainbow of colour options is tied to drive capacity, topped by the...

HP's classy petite PC, new monitor

Design plays a big role in Hewlett-Packard's overhauled small-form factor PC. But slicker looks isn't all the new HP Pavilion Slimline s3020n PC gains. Now, this line includes a desktop processor (previously, HP used a mobile processor in its small f...

Seagate FreeAgent Pro

"Sleek" is not a typical descriptor for a desktop hard drive. It is the first word, however, that comes to mind for Seagate's FreeAgent Pro, one of four models in the company's new FreeAgent line of external hard drives, units that range in size from...

Sony DVD recorders add digital tuner

Sony's refresh of its DVD recorder line--on display at its product showcase in Las Vegas--reflects the new FCC mandate to include a digital ATSC tuner in newly introduced recording devices.

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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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