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GNU guru asks Taiwan PC makers to free their drivers

Richard Stallman, one of the main forces behind the GNU/Linux operating system and the free software movement, is in Taiwan fighting on a new front -- to get the island's PC makers to release source code for their drivers.

Microsoft to talk .Net at Java conference

For the first time since settling its long-standing legal dispute with Sun Microsystems, Microsoft will be a full-fledged participant in the JavaOne developer conference, which is being held in San Francisco next month.

Prodisc develops 4.9GB DVD-R disc

Prodisc Technology has developed a DVD-R disc that can hold 200M bytes more data than current discs and plans to unveil it at next week's Computex show in Taiwan.

Wireless USB group finishes 1.0 specification

A cable-free version of USB (Universal Serial Bus) took a big step forward on Tuesday with the completion of the Wireless USB 1.0 specification, but there is still some work to be done and questions remain about its prospects for widespread adoption.

FTC plans international 'zombie'-awareness campaign

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in conjunction with regulatory bodies in about 30 countries, is about to launch a new education campaign directed at Internet service providers (ISPs). Its message? The zombies are out of control.

DRAM contract prices rise for first time this year

Prices of computer memory chips, or DRAM (dynamic RAM), negotiated between computer companies and chip makers rose for the first time in seven months, indicating they may have already hit bottom for this year.

ABC digital TV bandwidth strained to maximum capacity

Unstable data compression compounded by a lack of high-definition television (HDTV) digital broadcast spectrum has forced Australia's national broadcaster to choke the quality of its digital signal to free-to-air digital television viewers.

IBM, partners developing new memory technology

IBM on Monday announced that it was working with Infineon Technologies and Macronix International to develop memory technology that could in the future replace flash memory chips in computers and portable storage devices.

Scholarly publishers take on Google

A group of non-profit scholarly publishers is asking pointed questions about Google's Google Print for Libraries and what the group considers the copyright-violation potential of this project to digitize some university library collections.

Samsung develops flash-based 'disk' for PCs

Samsung Electronics has developed a replacement for conventional hard-disk drives that is based on flash memory chips. The company plans to begin mass production of the device in August, it said on Monday.

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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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