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IBM rolls out low-end Unix box

IBM is expanding the low end of its portfolio of servers based on the Power5 processor with a system aimed at customers looking for compact, low-cost Unix systems for branch offices and retail locations.

Ask Jeeves buys Bloglines

Seeking to complement its flagship search engine, Ask Jeeves has acquired Trustic, which owns and operates the Bloglines online content-aggregation service, Ask Jeeves is announcing Tuesday.

Sanyo unveils hard-disk based voice recorder

Sanyo Electric has built a 1-inch hard-disk drive into a voice recorder and will put it on sale in Japan in early March, the company said Friday. The gadget will become the latest in a growing number of portable electronics products to feature a mini...

Microsoft explores opening up to developers

Seeking to be more transparent to developers, Microsoft is weighing plans to make available more early versions of its software and share more source code, company representatives said Monday.

Nine-core Cell processor unveiled

Researchers from IBM, Sony and Toshiba unveiled the long-awaited Cell microprocessor Monday, revealing a multicore, multithreaded gaming engine described as "a supercomputer on a chip."

Intel to ship multithreaded Pentium

Intel plans to release a version of its Pentium desktop processor this year that can run up to four software tasks at the same time. Called the Pentium processor Extreme Edition, the chip will include two processor cores, each of which will support I...

Microsoft promotes 'smart clients'

Three years after introducing Visual Studio .Net and the .Net Framework, Microsoft on Monday promoted the benefits of the developer tools and demonstrated some of the updates coming later this year in Visual Studio 2005.

Skype signs deal with fixed-line telco in Hong Kong

Skype Technologies has signed an agreement with Hong Kong's Hutchison Global Communications (HGC) to offer a co-branded VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) service in Hong Kong, Skype said in a statement released Sunday.

Net users responsible for security, industry reps say

In the battle against online scams, consumers have a responsibility to use the tools provided by technology vendors to protect their personal data, privacy executives from eBay, Hewlett-Packard (HP), Microsoft and Truste said Thursday.

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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.

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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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