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Japan's KDDI to launch IrFM payment trials

Japanese cellular carrier KDDI Corp. will begin trials next year of a system that allows cell phone users to make credit card purchases online or in stores using their mobile handsets, it announced this week at Ceatec 2002. The carrier is the first i...

UUnet backbone problems slow down the Net

WorldCom Inc.'s UUNet Internet backbone provider is experiencing service interruptions throughout the U.S., causing a ripple effect that slowed down many Internet connections Thursday.

Secret Service 'war driving' for unsecure WLANs

The U.S. Secret Service has hooked up Pringles cans to notebook computers equipped with wireless LAN access cards and begun "war driving" around Washington and other cities in an effort to sniff out unsecured WLANs.

Monochrome LCDs getting a bit OLED

Developers say a bright large-size full-color OLED (organic light-emitting diode) display is still some way away from commercialization, but in some areas, OLED displays -- also called OELDs (organic electroluminescent displays) -- are already replac...

AMD issues Q3 warning, analysts warn on burn rate

Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) lowered its estimates for its third-quarter revenue Wednesday, as analysts warned the company will have to secure additional financing to survive beyond the expected launch of its Hammer processors in mid-2003 if the...

Philips shows off coin-size optical drive

Koninklijke Philips Electronics NV is using the Ceatec 2002 exhibition to give a recently developed miniature optical disc and drive its first major public showing and the company couldn't be happier with the reaction from the Japanese public.

Bugbear virus spreading rapidly

The Bugbear virus is rapidly spreading around the world, according to alerts issued by antivirus companies and computer security experts. The virus first appeared Monday and has since spread rapidly.

Sharp shows new Linux Zaurus PDA

Sharp Corp. is giving visitors to the Ceatec 2002 exhibition a first look at what is likely to be a new high-end member of its Zaurus PDA (personal digital assistant) family.

Vote on webcaster royalties dropped

In an unexpected move, the U.S. House of Representatives canceled a vote Tuesday on whether to give Internet radio stations an extra six months before they're forced to pay royalties to artists.

IBM shrinks the NetVista desktop

IBM Corp.'s new NetVista S42 is designed to be put into tight places, without forcing the user to sacrifice performance for size, IBM said Wednesday in a release.

Sanyo links digital cameras with the network

Sanyo Electric Co. Ltd. says a new system it has developed which links digital still cameras to wireless LAN networks has been attracting considerable attention from potential users and camera makers.

Matsushita develops 1GB SD memory card

Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd. has unveiled a working prototype of a SD (Secure Digital) memory card with a 1G byte capacity, at the Ceatec 2002 exhibition.

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STYLISTIC Q702

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 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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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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