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Wingcast turns to Java for in-car services

Wingcast LLC Tuesday tapped Sun Microsystems Inc. to help make Java support a standard feature of in-car entertainment consoles in a move that could bring popular applications currently running on handheld devices and cell phones into automobiles.

IBM hoping new 'pixie dust' hard disk drives fly

IBM Corp. on Wednesday launched three hard disk drive products --the Deskstar 120GXP, the Travelstar 60GH and the Travelstar 40GN -- that include its magnetic coating technology, nicknamed "pixie dust".

Proposed German law foresees biometric IDs

Germans could be the first people to carry passports and identity cards with encrypted biometric data, meant to enable computerized identification and hinder fraud. The new technology is included in a package of antiterrorism measures agreed on Wedne...

Congressman makes appeal to P-to-P advocates

U.S. Congressman Rick Boucher addressed attendees at the O'Reilly Peer-to-Peer and Web Services conference here Wednesday, asking for their support in his legislative efforts to make the authorized distribution of music over the Internet a reality.

HP/COMPAQ: Packard son joins opposition

Resistance to Hewlett-Packard Co.'s planned merger with Compaq Computer Corp. is growing, as reports surfaced Wednesday that David Packard, son of HP's co-founder, intends to join the Hewlett family in opposing the merger. The new objections could do...

Buggy version of Apple music software erases data

Some Mac users who downloaded the first release of Apple Computer Inc.'s iTunes 2.0 jukebox software encountered a nasty shock: Erased hard drives. In an alert posted on its Web site, Apple warns that an iTunes 2.0 installer bug "can result in loss o...

HP/COMPAQ: Hewlett family to vote against Compaq merger

In what could be the most vocal objection to the proposed merger between IT giants Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP) and Compaq Computer Corp., the family and trust of HP co-founder William Hewlett said Tuesday that they would vote against the merger if it is...

VoIP taking 6 percent of international calls volume

About 6 percent of international voice call volume travels over the Internet instead of traditional telephone networks, sidestepping some of the more expensive aspects of cross-border telecommunication, according to a report from TeleGeography Inc.

AMD launches Athlon XP 1900+

The holiday chip battle continues to heat up with Advanced Micro Devices Inc.'s launch Monday of its Athlon XP 1900+ processor. Among the first vendors expected to ship PCs powered by the chip is MicronPC, followed soon by Hewlett-Packard Co. and Com...

Apple posts Star Wars: Episode II trailer

One of the most popular Internet trailer downloads of all time was set when Apple Computer Inc. and Lucas Films released Star Wars: Episode I -- Apple recorded over 3.5 million downloads from enthusiastic Star Wars fans.

News feature: Music labels target CD ripping

Teen pop band 'N Sync may feature vocal harmony, but at least some copies of its latest CD aren't in sync with your PC--in fact, they are incompatible, thanks to tough new copy protection.

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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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