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Shuttle's Media Center will wake up faster

Shuttle, which specializes in small form-factor PCs, has developed a technology that can start up a Windows-based PC in a matter of seconds, a company official said Tuesday.

Micro-Star shows off Tai Chi robot

Micro-Star International, one of Taiwan's big four motherboard makers, is displaying a two-legged robot that can perform, albeit slowly, certain Tai Chi and Kung Fu moves at Computex in Taipei. It can also walk, stand on one leg, and kick a soccer ba...

Motorola-brand TV effort goes nowhere

A licensing agreement between Motorola and Moxell Technology to introduce a range of Motorola-brand TVs collapsed last year over technical disagreements, according to an employee familiar with some aspects of the project.

Luxpro shows new iPod Shuffle-like players

Taiwan's Luxpro unveiled two new digital music players bearing a superficial resemblance to Apple Computer's iPod Shuffle player at the Computex trade show in Taipei this week.

Hitachi's higher capacity Microdrive due in Q4

Hitachi Global Storage Technology is planning to launch a higher-capacity version of its Microdrive 1-inch hard-disk drive in the fourth quarter of this year, a company representative said Thursday at Computex in Taipei.

Microsoft moves to XML format in Office 12

A new XML-based file format will become the default in Office 12, Microsoft announced Thursday, as it prepares to discuss plans for its Office update at next week's TechEd developer conference.

CA details sophisticated Web attack

A new "sophisticated" attack that uses three pieces of malware to turn PCs into zombies that can be sold to criminal groups has appeared on the Internet this week, security vendor Computer Associates International (CA) said Thursday.

Salaries rise in fight to retain staff

The 2005 Hays IT survey has found salaries are again on the rise for IT staff, with 42 percent of organizations in the survey increasing salaries for IT staff by 3 to 6 percent.

Microsoft will add 'Raw' photo support to Windows

Aiming to please photography enthusiasts, Microsoft is enhancing current and upcoming versions of its Windows operating system to allow users to more easily work with "Raw" image files, which take information directly from the camera's image sensor t...

Samsung laptop uses MIMO wireless technology

Samsung Electronics will ship its X20 notebook with an embedded wireless LAN (WLAN) chip from Airgo Networks that allows users to speed up wireless connections, Airgo announced Wednesday at Computex.

Iwill updates small dual-Opteron system

Taiwanese hardware maker Iwill plans to update its small form-factor Opteron workstation later this year with the introduction of a new version, the ZMAXd2, according to a company spokesman.

Acer plans to introduce PDA phones in 2006

Taiwanese hardware vendor Acer plans to add mobile-phone functions to its line of PDAs (personal digital assistants) next year, but specific details of the company's plans are scarce.

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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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