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Hitachi's higher capacity Microdrive due in Q4

Hitachi Global Storage Technology is planning to launch a higher-capacity version of its Microdrive 1-inch hard-disk drive in the fourth quarter of this year, a company representative said Thursday at Computex in Taipei.

Microsoft moves to XML format in Office 12

A new XML-based file format will become the default in Office 12, Microsoft announced Thursday, as it prepares to discuss plans for its Office update at next week's TechEd developer conference.

CA details sophisticated Web attack

A new "sophisticated" attack that uses three pieces of malware to turn PCs into zombies that can be sold to criminal groups has appeared on the Internet this week, security vendor Computer Associates International (CA) said Thursday.

Salaries rise in fight to retain staff

The 2005 Hays IT survey has found salaries are again on the rise for IT staff, with 42 percent of organizations in the survey increasing salaries for IT staff by 3 to 6 percent.

Microsoft will add 'Raw' photo support to Windows

Aiming to please photography enthusiasts, Microsoft is enhancing current and upcoming versions of its Windows operating system to allow users to more easily work with "Raw" image files, which take information directly from the camera's image sensor t...

Samsung laptop uses MIMO wireless technology

Samsung Electronics will ship its X20 notebook with an embedded wireless LAN (WLAN) chip from Airgo Networks that allows users to speed up wireless connections, Airgo announced Wednesday at Computex.

Iwill updates small dual-Opteron system

Taiwanese hardware maker Iwill plans to update its small form-factor Opteron workstation later this year with the introduction of a new version, the ZMAXd2, according to a company spokesman.

Acer plans to introduce PDA phones in 2006

Taiwanese hardware vendor Acer plans to add mobile-phone functions to its line of PDAs (personal digital assistants) next year, but specific details of the company's plans are scarce.

ATI joins dual GPU game with CrossFire

ATI Technologies on Wednesday demonstrated its upcoming Crossfire technology for allowing two GPUs (graphics processing units) to be used in one PC, claiming it offers better performance than dual GPU technology developed by rival Nvidia. The demonst...

New Mytob worm poses as IT administrator

Another variant of the Mytob worm began wiggling its way into inboxes this week, enticing recipients to open an e-mail attachment that could allow a remote hacker to access and perform commands on an infected machine.

Microsoft set to ship real-time collaboration client

Microsoft on Wednesday said it has completed development of its next generation instant messaging and real-time collaboration client, Office Communicator 2005, and plans to ship the software before the end of June.

AOpen shows Intel's answer to Mac mini

AOpen is showing off at the Computex trade show in Taipei a small desktop PC that closely resembles Apple Computer's Mac mini except for the use of Microsoft's Windows operating system and Intel's Pentium M processor.

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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

LIFEBOOK UH574

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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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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