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New virus targets, encrypts .exe files

Antivirus vendor Central Command Inc. has detected a new worm that, disguised as a warning from Microsoft Corp., mass-mails itself to users and once launched from an attachment, encrypts executable files, rendering them unusable.

IT professionals rake in bucks despite downturn

Given the slowing economy and gloomy job climate, you might think IT workers are getting hit hard in their paychecks. But the fact is that IT professionals (at least those who still have jobs) are doing remarkably well.

Adobe: No reponsibility to Sklyarov

Though he was arrested after Adobe Systems Inc. complained to the U.S. government about a program he had written and the company has since called for charges against him to be dropped, Adobe has no obligation or responsibility to aid indicted Russian...

XP rewards our patience

Business leaders questioning what they can expect to gain from Windows XP can stop wondering and start making plans to accommodate the latest release of Microsoft Corp.'s flagship desktop operating system.

HP-Compaq deal brings opportunity for competitors

With Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP) and Compaq Computer Corp. focused on merging, the competition could jump in and take away customers, said two competitors. Fujitsu Siemens Computers BV, itself the result of the merger two years ago of Siemens AG's Compu...

Microsoft offers test version of Windows XP Embedded

Microsoft Corp. handed developers on Tuesday a working copy of its Windows XP operating system for embedded systems, debuting its second operating system for devices such as handheld computers and set-top boxes this month.

HP/Compaq deal likely to get close legal scrutiny

The pending merger of Compaq Computer Corp. and Hewlett-Packard Co. is expected to face intense scrutiny here and in Europe and involve an examination of the competitive effect on product lines ranging from desktops to high-end servers, legal experts...

It's official: HP to buy Compaq

A press release just posted on the Hewlett-Packard Web site has confirmed earlier press reports stating the company has entered into a $47.5 billion (US$25 billion) agreement to acquire rival IT vendor Compaq.

HP to buy Compaq

Hewlett-Packard will announce tomorrow its plan to take over rival Compaq for $47.5 billion in stock, according to a report in The New York Times.

Study: Microsoft IIS users complacent about security

Warning of "deep-set complacency" among electronic commerce site administrators, a security consultant said a growing number of servers running Microsoft Corp.'s Internet Information Services (IIS) are afflicted with a back door program making them v...

AuDA takes control of dot-au domain

AuDA is to take over management of the dot-au (.au) space from Robert Elz, who has held administrative responsibility for the domain since 1985, as a result of a decision by the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA).

Drinkers travel miles to buy soft drink with mobile phones

Would-be customers travelled for up to an hour to use NTT DoCoMo Inc.'s first cell phone-enabled soda vending machine. Trial services of the special Cmode vending machine, which allows users of the I-mode service to pay for cans of soda using their c...

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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.

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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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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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