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Holidays, hotel rooms up for auction

Online auctions won't be limited to obscure collectibles. Two announcements this week will see airfares, holiday packages and hotel rooms go up for the bidding.

Xerox crafts electronic paper

Xerox has developed what it calls "Electronic paper" and is now planning to move it into commercial production. The Xerox invention appears greyish blue until a device such as a scanner-like wand creates images, text and pictures.

New protocol boosts wireless Web access

Some of the world's largest telecommunications firms and handset makers gathered in San Francisco this week to promote a technology that allows Internet content to be tailored for display on mobile telephones, pagers and other wireless devices.

Win98 bug fixes available on CD

The Windows 98 Service Pack 1, which includes bug fixes and year 2000 upgrades for the Windows 98 operating system, is now available on CD via Microsoft Australia's Web site at a cost of $13.95.

New Cassiopeia released

Casio has released a new version of its palm-size PC, the Cassiopeia. The new Cassiopeia E-15 features double the memory of the previous model.

"July Killer" to strike tomorrow

A new virus that affects Word 97 documents will be triggered on July 1 and can destroy data held on a hard drive, antivirus software company Trend Micro has warned.

CMGI to acquire AltaVista from Compaq

Five days after confirming acquisition negotiations, Compaq has officially announced that it is selling a majority stake in AltaVista to CMGI, the Internet operating company.

Hitachi launches Win98, B5 sub-notebook

Hitachi Australia has released a new sub-notebook the size of a B5 piece of paper, creating a brand new class of products in portable computing, the company says.

SDMI agrees on new spec for digital music players

The Secure Digital Music Initiative has met its June 30 deadline for agreeing on a technical specification for portable devices that store music in the digital format. Players supporting the new specification are expected by Christmas.

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

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