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Microsoft tunes Windows media software

Microsoft Corp. Friday will release a near-final version of its Windows Media Player 9 software and announce the availability of a new version of its digital home-movie-making application, which uses the latest Windows Media Video file format.

Lotus co-founder looking to build open-source apps

The co-founder of the former Lotus Development and creator of Lotus 1-2-3, the first must-have software spreadsheet application for business computing, is now at work building an open-source personal information manager (PIM) package for the masses.

Microsoft unveils .NET speech platform

Microsoft unveiled Wednesday the first technical preview of its .NET Speech Platform and also announced availability of the second beta release of its .NET Speech Software Developer Kit (SDK) at the Speech TEK conference in New York.

AMD chip shipment share falls on inventory correction

Processor shipment market-share numbers may look bad for Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD), but they do not paint the complete picture of the company's third quarter, according to Dean McCarron, principal analyst at Mercury Research Inc., which relea...

Office 11 tests focus on Window XP, 2000

Microsoft Corp. is limiting testing of the next release of its Office productivity software to versions of the Windows operating system dating back only to Windows 2000, which could mean the final version of the software won't support older systems.

SuSE Linux to launch desktop products

SuSE Linux AG plans to launch desktop versions of the open source-based Linux operating system early next year, the company said Tuesday at the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo in Frankfurt, Germany.

Intel expands storage component offering

Intel expanded its line of components for storage products on Monday, announcing a serial ATA controller, an iSCSI storage adapter and a low-voltage Celeron processor.

Real offers source code to build free media player

RealNetworks Tuesday will release the underlying software code for its open source media player, a move that should allow developers to create free versions of the player to run on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux operating systems.

Analysis: Is AMD slipping?

Long the chip of choice for enthusiasts on a budget, Advanced Micro Devices Inc.'s Athlon XP now finds itself in a battle to maintain its status over Intel Corp.'s faster-running Pentium 4, according to vendors of high-performance desktop PCs.

'Wire-free' electricity juices mobile devices

A company that claims to have solved the "last wire" dilemma announced Monday that it is working with Acer Inc. and other manufacturing partners to deliver early next year a pad with a conductive surface that can power computing devices resting on to...

United Linux completes beta, ready for launch

UnitedLinux LLP has completed beta testing of the first release of its open source Linux operating system and is ready to launch the product as planned next month, said company manager Paula Hunter Tuesday at the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo in Fra...

Dr debunks satellite myth

Surveillance capabilities and uses of satellite imaging are being misrepresented in today's media, according to an Australian expert talking at a security conference in Sydney on Tuesday.

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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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