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Microsoft plans late entry in mobile database race

The database market for the Windows CE operating system is shaping up with Microsoft joining the race yesterday as the last horse. By the end of the year Sybase, Oracle and IBM will have all shipped mobile databases for Windows CE.

Safe surfing for kids

While the politicians and Internet industry tackle how the Broadcasting Services Amendment (Online Services) Bill will in fact work, parents worried about their children's Web surfing habits can be proactive with this free tool.

MS/DoJ: Microsoft urged IBM to yank Smart Suite

According to the latest report from the Microsoft/US Department of Justice trial, the software giant urged IBM to delay shipping its Smart Suite "for six months to a year", whilst in licensing negotiations for Windows 95.

Microsoft's Office 2000 finally launches

Yesterday Microsoft finally launched Office 2000, the long awaited upgrade to the Office 97 suite. Expect to see the Standard Edition of Office 2000 on retail shelves, Thursday.

Smart handhelds to find strong favour

The smart handheld device market continues to undergo healthy market growth, with 1999 worldwide unit shipments expected to total 8.9 million, according to a just-released forecast report by International Data Corp.

Seagate plans giant hard drives

You can walk into your local computer dealer and buy an EIDE hard drive with up to 28GB of storage. That may seem large, but hard drive makers are working hard to make it look puny.

Pentium III could act up with new chipset

PC makers who try to combine Intel's high-end Pentium III processor with an upcoming chipset designed for low-cost PCs could run into problems, an Intel official acknowledged today.

Clik offers slick notebook storage

Iomega has announced that it will ship a new high-capacity removable storage device for notebooks. The lightweight, 5mm-thick Clik PC Card Drive fits into the PC Card slot of most notebook and subnotebook computers, and uses 40MB Clik disks.

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

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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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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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