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Microsoft issues patch for serious security hole

Microsoft issued a software patch Wednesday for what it described as a "critical" new security vulnerability affecting most versions of its Windows operating systems and certain versions of the Internet Explorer (IE) Web browser.

.NET remains point of contention

Microsoft's planned release of the Windows .NET Server 2003 operating system drew cheers and jeers at the Comdex trade show, where a panel of developers and technology experts faced off in a debate over Microsoft's emerging Web-based development plat...

UN: worldwide use of Internet, e-commerce still growing

Despite the economic slowdown being felt worldwide and the decline of many Internet-based businesses, global use of the Net continues to boom while e-commerce grows at a robust pace, according to figures released by the United Nations (U.N.) this we...

DoCoMo, others to study radio wave effects on people

Four of Japan's major mobile phone companies with a total of over 70 million subscribers have reached an agreement that they will jointly study the possible biological effects on humans of exposure to radio waves from mobile phone systems, they annou...

Acer goes Wi-Fi in the sky

PC vendor Acer has struck up a deal with Wi-Fi infrastructure provider SkyNetGlobal to bundle wireless Internet access with Acer’s Wi-Fi-enabled products.

Sony adds download function to music CDs

Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) will add a new function to music CDs early next year that allows users to store purchased CDs on PCs, while still preventing illegal music-copying, the company announced Wednesday.

New, 'Nimda-like' Microsoft vulnerability found

Microsoft issued a software patch Wednesday for what it described as a "critical" new security vulnerability affecting most versions of its Windows operating systems and certain versions of the Internet Explorer (IE) Web browser.

War with Iraq will mean virus outbreak, hacker says

A Malaysian virus writer who is sympathetic to the cause of the al-Qaeda terrorist group and Iraq and who has been connected to at least five other malicious code outbreaks is threatening to release a megavirus if the U.S. launches a military attack ...

Universal Music to offer a la carte music downloads

In a move apparently aimed at cutting peer-to-peer (P-to-P) file sharing networks off at the pass, Universal Music Group (UMG) has began offering a la carte digital downloads via a slew of retail and music Web sites.

OpenOffice, Oasis aim to create office standard

A standards body known for creating key technologies around XML (Extensible Markup Language) said Wednesday that it has launched an effort to develop a standard file format that would allow office documents such as spreadsheets and word processing fi...

Sun's McNealy takes on Microsoft

Microsoft chairman Bill Gates always gets dibs on the first slot in the parade of Comdex keynotes by industry executives. But Sun Microsystems Chair and Chief Executive Scott McNealy used much of his own keynote Monday here to take on the Redmond gia...

Comdex-goers size up budget PDAs

A deluge of handhelds are taking a bow at Comdex, promising feature-rich portable devices at lower costs for both consumers and business users.

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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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