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New GPL takes shots at patents, DRM

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) on Monday released a draft version (http://gplv3.fsf.org/draft) of its new GPL (GNU General Public License) version 3 software license designed to address two increasingly important issues in the software industry: ...

BenQ Mobile unveils first co-branded handsets

BenQ Mobile GmbH & Co. OHG, the mobile handset unit of Taiwanese electronics maker BenQ, unveiled its first three handsets to bear the new BenQ-Siemens brand on Tuesday at events held simultaneously in Beijing and Berlin.

Google buys radio ad provider

Google has reached an agreement to acquire dMarc Broadcasting, whose technology links radio stations and advertisers and automates various aspects of the radio ad selling process.

Symantec updates antivirus products

Symantec has started delivering product updates to users through the automatic LiveUpdate feature, the company said. Previously, updates to Symantec software were only delivered via the annual release of new product versions.

Microsoft clarifies Windows XP support plans

Microsoft yesterday confirmed that it will continue to provide mainstream support for all flavours of Windows XP, including Home and Professional editions, for two years after the release of Windows Vista.

Rambus renews lawsuit against Micron

A Delaware judge has lifted a stay in an ongoing lawsuit between Rambus and Micron Technologies, allowing Rambus to file new claims and to proceed in its patent infringement suit against the Boise, Idaho, memory chip maker.

ProMOS doubles 2006 chip plant spending plan

ProMOS Technologies, one of Taiwan's largest DRAM chipmakers, has nearly doubled its projected spending on new chip plants in 2006 to $US2.3 billion, according to a company executive.

Microsoft issues WMF patch for Vista OS build

Microsoft has issued a patch for a preliminary version of its Vista OS for the same graphics-rendering problem that raised concerns about current versions of the Windows OS earlier this month.

Cisco diving into consumer electronics

A newspaper report Monday that Cisco Systems plans to enter the mainstream consumer electronics market is only the latest sign of its ambitions to expand beyond computer networking equipment.

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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.

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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