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Microsoft throws a party for Xbox Live Japan launch

If the Xbox's performance in Japan last year has taught us anything, it's that Microsoft is more than willing to make up for its lack of business knowledge by waging full-out war for the hearts and minds of users.

Sharp unveils well-connected home server

Sharp will soon launch a Linux-based home audiovisual server in Japan that uses a broadband connection to reach beyond the boundaries of the home and allow users access to their stored video and image files from computers connected to the Internet.

Uh-oh: Spam's getting more sophisticated

Just as security experts match wits with hackers, those trying to block unwanted e-mail face increasingly elaborate "attacks" from spammers trying to slip messages through antispam defenses.

AMD introduces more secure Flash memory

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) has introduced a 64M-bit Flash memory chip, the Am29PDL640G, which incorporates security features designed to protect smart phones and set-top boxes from attacks by hackers.

GPS jammers raise concern

US government officials and communications experts are assessing the public safety and security implications of a newly posted online article that provides directions for making cheap devices to jam Global Positioning System signals.

Faster connectivity from CTX

Flat-screen specialist CTX International has launched its largest ever LCD (liquid crystal display) screen. The 19in P922E provides enhanced viewing angles, a higher 500:1contrast ratio and a faster response time than 17in models, but it is the CTX's...

Faster FireWire peripherals on the way

Following Apple Computer's announcement last week that its 17in high-end PowerBook will feature FireWire 800 -- the latest, faster form of the standard -- peripherals supporting this format have started to emerge. LaCie Group SA is among the first to...

Dataquest: Consumer shipments boosted 2002 PC sales

Worldwide PC shipments in 2002 reached 132.4 million units, an increase of 2.7 percent over 2001, according to preliminary figures released Thursday by Gartner's Dataquest unit. This compares with a 4 percent fall in sales from 2000 to 2001. Dataques...

CERT warns of DHCP vulnerabilities

Several potentially serious security flaws exist in the Internet Software Consortium's (ISC) DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) software, which is shipped as part of several operating systems, the CERT Coordination Center (CERT/CC) warned Thu...

Microsoft posts higher revenue, earnings

Microsoft Corp. said revenue increased 10 percent in its second fiscal quarter to US$8.54 billion, a fraction less than analysts had been expecting. It also announced a two-for-one stock split and an annual dividend for its shareholders.

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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

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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.

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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