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Gartner: Apples cheaper than PCs

Contrary to popular opinion, a study from market analyst Gartner has found that Apple Macintosh computers are cheaper to own and run than their PC counterparts.

SmartDisk to release Universal Reader next week

A USB 1.1 universal reader that reads six flash media cards from one unit will be launched next week by SmartDisk, the folks who develop portable products for capturing, organizing, using and preserving digital content.

IDC undercounted white boxes, revises PC estimates

IDC has revamped its portrait of the worldwide PC market in 2001, saying it underestimated the number of PCs shipped by so-called "white box" manufacturers, which are smaller PC makers that operate mostly in a local market.

TSMC breakthrough shrinks transistors 10-fold

Contract-chip maker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) Wednesday announced it has produced a working device that incorporates a new transistor type which will allow the company to produce transistors that are 10 times smaller than the...

ViewSonic release 50-inch plasma display

The display specialists at ViewSonic have introduced two next-generation plasma displays: a 50-inch and 42-inch. The displays combine high-resolution images with features such as a built-in TV tuner and sound system. They're compatible with PC and Ma...

Microsoft patches patch, moves to fill Gopher hole

Microsoft released two security bulletins late Tuesday, the first updating a patch the company released for a handful of its chat software clients in May and the second detailing a work-around to a flaw in its Internet Explorer Web browser that comes...

Motorola on course to ship MRAM samples in 2003

Motorola is on track to ship sample MRAM (Magnetic RAM) chips next year, with commercial production of the next-generation non-volatile memory chips slated to begin in 2004, the company said Monday.

Battle of the boxes

The console market has been explosive since March, with two new machines entering the fray and special deals and price cuts being offered by the major players, desperate to win market share. These incentives have pushed the console games market to ne...

OpenML positioned as cross-platform DirectX alternative

The Khronos Group -- an independent, not-for-profit consortium of hardware and software developers -- is promoting the use of OpenML. The specification is positioned as a cross-platform rival to Microsoft's own DirectX technology, which is used exten...

Volunteers sought for real-time Web translator

Imagine being able to communicate via instant messaging with people who don't speak your language, or translate a foreign-language news bulletin automatically when you open it in your browser.

Bag-toting buyers find nothing new

The Computex Taipei 2002 exhibition is over. And for another year, the Taipei World Trade Center exhibition halls will be quiet, without the crowds of bag-toting hardware buyers and jet-lagged tech journalists who prowl the show floor each year in se...

HP, Fujitsu-Siemens first with Athlon XP 2200+

Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) launched its latest Athlon XP processor on Monday and said the first machines to feature the processor will come from Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP) in the U.S. and Fujitsu Siemens in Europe.

Morpheus updates P-to-P software

Saying that it is taking longer than anticipated to roll out its newfangled Morpheus 2.0 peer-to-peer (P-to-P) file swapping software, StreamCast Networks Inc. released an interim update to the current Morpheus Preview Edition Monday.

NEC testing PDA voice translation system

With tens of thousands of soccer fans, most of whom don't speak a word of Japanese, heading here for the World Cup, NEC Corp. has begun trials of a new electronic translation system that aims to make communication problems and linguistic misunderstan...

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STYLISTIC Q702

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

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STYLISTIC Q572

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.

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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