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Microsoft to release new consumer OS in 2000

Microsoft has changed its OS course, announcing it will release a new version of its consumer OS in 2000 -- still based on the Windows 9x code. The software giant has also admitted it has been struggling with Windows 2000.

UNICEF accepting Kosovo donations online

Australians can now make donations to UNICEF online. The organisation's Web site now features a secure environment for online donations, which will fund relief efforts in the Kosovo refugee crisis.

Michael Dell's broadband vision

High-speed Net access is the next big thing for Dell, says the computer company's founder Michael Dell. In fact, super fast Web access will drive PC sales and streamline the way Dell sells its systems, he believes.

Govt stops Serb independent radio broadcasts

The last independent radio station of Yugoslavia has been taken over by government officials there. The station, which had resorted to Internet broadcasts has now been completely silenced, though its staff have vowed to fight on for their right to br...

Suspected Melissa creator arrested

US Authorities have arrested and charged a man suspected of creating the Melissa e-mail virus and unleashing it on the world from his apartment in a New Jersey shore town.

SAP invests in Red Hat

SAP recently announced an equity investment in Red Hat Software, a distributor of the Linux open-source OS.

Looksmart: Aussies done good

Australian Internet directory Looksmart has secured $95 million in private equity, bringing the San Francisco-based company's total capital raised to date to $125.9 million.

MS/DOJ: case won't resume before May 10

The judge in the Microsoft antitrust trial acknowledged today that the trial will not resume until May 10 at the earliest, while remaining mum about settlement negotiations that began Tuesday.

Creative gives DVD an encore

PC audio and video specialist Creative Technology yesterday released its new PC-DVD Encore 6X Dxr3 kit aimed at adding high-performance DVD (digital video disk) entertainment capabilities to standard PCs.

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HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

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Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

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