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Hitachi eyes investing in more biotech startups

Japan's Hitachi Ltd. is plans to increase the amount of money it invests in start-up companies involved in bioinformatics and biotechnology as it attempts to strengthen that sector of its business.

Linux users to toast Wine

Users wishing to run Word, Internet Explorer or other Windows applications on non-Microsoft Corp. platforms can finally do so with software that a consortium of open source developers will roll out in the next three months.

New AltaVista software searches corporate PCs

AltaVista Co.'s new Desktop Search software became available Monday, offering to help harried corporate users who are tired of wasting time combing through thousands of computer files and e-mails to find what they need.

HP raises estimates for Q1

Higher than expected sales of desktop PCs, printers, scanners and digital cameras have prompted Hewlett-Packard to increase its previous earnings estimates for the first fiscal quarter that ended January 31.

Speech vendors shout for standards

The battle for speech technology standards is set to escalate next week when a collection of industry leaders submits to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) a proposed framework for delivering combined graphics and speech on handheld devices.

Toshiba pushes hard disk density higher

Engineers at Toshiba Corp. have demonstrated a working prototype of a hard disk drive that crams in 50 percent more data than previous models and opens the way to higher capacity hard disk drives (HDDs).

Not so good vibrations

Children who play hours of computer games with vibrating game pads risk developing hand arm vibration syndrome, according to experts at UK's Great Ormond Street children's hospital.

Amidst losses, Corel cites 2001 as 'turning point'

Software publisher Corel Corp. Friday turned in its fourth quarter and fiscal year 2001 results, for the period ending November 30, 2001. The company's revenues for the year were US$134.3 million, producing a net loss of $7.3 million. Fourth quarter ...

LINUXWORLD: Group releases Linux standards

Thanks to two new standards announced Thursday, software applications should soon be able to run across different versions of the open-source Linux operating system, and Linux offerings will likely be made available for a broader set of international...

Liberty Alliance gets nod from Novell

This week, Novell Inc. plans to throw its weight behind the Liberty Alliance Project, an initiative aimed at creating an open identity standard for authenticating users on the Internet.

Upgrade at AOL causes homepage woes

America Online's service for hosting Web pages is experiencing some outages as the company works to upgrade the servers and storage equipment that power it, a company spokesman confirmed Friday.

Adobe buys Accelio to boost e-paper business

Software maker Adobe Systems has agreed to purchase Canadian electronic-forms software and service provider Accelio in an all-stock deal valued at $US72 million, the companies announced on Friday.

IBM faces new Nazi lawsuit

A group representing Gypsy victims of the Holocaust has filed suit against IBM, accusing it of complicity in Nazi atrocities.

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Kathy Cassidy

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.

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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