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Cebit: It's big, but not a big mess

From MP3 players to mainframe computers, this year's Cebit has it all. But the world's biggest computer trade fair has avoided becoming the unfocused sprawl that led Comdex to its downfall, visitors here said this week.

AMD sticking with DDR memory in 2005

While the PC industry is expecting the transition to DDR2 (double data rate 2) memory to get under way later this year, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) has no plans to modify its current chips to support DDR2 this year, the company said Friday at the Ce...

Mozilla ditches browser suite

The Mozilla Foundation is cutting off development of its flagship Mozilla browser suite with the current 1.7.x line, but says it will back a community-supported version of the suite for those that wish to continue using it.

Campaign to save Visual Basic 6 gathers support

An online petition gathering signatures to save Microsoft's Visual Basic 6 programming language will not change the company's intention to cut free support on March 31, a Microsoft representative said on Thursday afternoon.

Samsung develops Windows-based HDD cell phone

Samsung Electronics has developed a cell phone that runs on Microsoft's Windows Mobile operating system and includes a hard-disk drive. The new handset will be shown this week at the Cebit show in Hanover, Germany, the company said Thursday.

Lenovo likely made concessions to win U.S. approval

Lenovo Group likely offered concessions to U.S. government officials in order to win approval for its US$1.75 billion acquisition of IBM's PC business, but any deal is unlikely to have a negative impact on the Chinese company's business, analysts sa...

Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 beta 2 delayed

The second beta release of Visual Studio 2005, a new release of Microsoft's developer toolset, has slipped into April, a company spokesman said Thursday. The final version of the product is due in September, he said.

Apple joins Blu-ray consortium

Apple Computer has joined the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA), adding further industry support for the high-capacity optical disc standard, the association announced Wednesday at Cebit.

Faster DVD+RW discs coming by mid-year

Consumers can look forward to a new range of high-speed rewritable and double-layer discs, recorders and drives hitting stores in the second quarter of the year, members of the DVD+RW Alliance said at a news conference during the Cebit trade show in ...

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First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

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For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

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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.

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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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