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New kits upgrade hard drives to Serial ATA

Addonics Technologies Inc. launches its Serial ATA product lineup in the US this week, including a conversion adapter that makes existing parallel ATA (commonly called IDE) and ATAPI drives compatible with the new standard.

Microsoft to change start menu in Windows

Microsoft Corp. has agreed to reposition a program in the Windows XP start menu, allowing users to more easily set non-Microsoft software as their default choices, as part of the company's antitrust settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice.

Analysts: Microsoft plots Web search expansion

Microsoft Corp. is significantly increasing its investment in Internet search, tripling its search team and preparing its own paid listings platform, according to a report from industry analysts.

Telstra hikes prices

Telstra has increased charges on residential and business phone line rental after reporting a 2002 calendar after-tax profit of $1.184 billion. The price increase is offset by cheaper local calls. However, the cuts are minimal and only on Telstra’s...

Japan says happy birthday to Astro Boy

At Robodex 2003, the major annual get-together for Japan's robot industry, you'd have thought the buzz would have been all about new robots -- Honda Motor's latest Asimo, Sony's improved SDR-4X or perhaps Tmsuk's Banryu -- but it is not. Stealing the...

Home networking market to soar

Networked entertainment is set to replace broadband sharing as the biggest worldwide driver of home networking during 2003, according to market research outfit In-Stat/MDR.

Holiday promises

Travel Web sites from around the world are misleading customers by advertising special offers that do not exist and quoting prices way lower than are actually available, according to the OFT (Office of Fair Trading) in the UK.

Robot researchers work to aid, save lives

Sony's Aibo robots, or any one of the latest humanoid robots may be cute and draw all the attention, but there's a serious side to Japan's robot industry and it is on display this week at Robodex 2003, which opened Thursday in Yokohama, just outside ...

Old technology offers new answers in Columbia crash probe

An old-fashioned magnetic tape recorder on board the doomed space shuttle Columbia is helping U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) fill in critical gaps about what caused the spacecraft to break up on re-entry on Feb. 1.

In US, Europe, SARS affecting travel, meetings

The spread of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in the People's Republic of China (PRC) and throughout the Asia-Pacific Rim countries has alarmed health officials and prompted companies to curtail travel to the countries most affected by the m...

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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

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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.

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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