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Microsoft set to ship real-time collaboration client

Microsoft on Wednesday said it has completed development of its next generation instant messaging and real-time collaboration client, Office Communicator 2005, and plans to ship the software before the end of June.

AOpen shows Intel's answer to Mac mini

AOpen is showing off at the Computex trade show in Taipei a small desktop PC that closely resembles Apple Computer's Mac mini except for the use of Microsoft's Windows operating system and Intel's Pentium M processor.

Toshiba, Canon to invest AU$2.66 billion in SED TV plant

Toshiba and Canon are investing YEN 180 billion (AU$2.66 billion) to build a factory that will make panels for a new type of flat-panel TV based on SED (surface-conduction electron-emitter display) technology, Toshiba said Tuesday.

Gamers get dual graphics chips

Taiwanese graphics card makers have taken the dual-processor philosophy to a new playing field, putting two graphics processing units in systems for extreme gaming in personal computers.

Gamers get off their butts at E3

After a frenetic couple of days racing from meeting to meeting at the annual E3 Expo trade show and free-for-all in Los Angeles earlier this month, I'm still exhausted. But there was a lot of interesting stuff to see, and thousands of gamers flooded ...

Japan aims for world's fastest supercomputer

Japan will begin research in June to build a supercomputer capable of crunching numbers about 30 times faster than IBM's Blue Gene/ L, the world's current fastest supercomputer, the Japanese government said Tuesday.

New Bagle variants spreading

Three, and possibly four, new versions of the Bagle e-mail worm were spreading quickly on the Internet Tuesday, Internet security firms reported.

Telcos should be wary of Microsoft's moves

Microsoft's relentless march into the communication technology arena could spell changes for telcos and businesses seeking connective services, according to one IT industry analyst.

Samsung moves to lower flash memory prices

Samsung Electronics has started producing its first NAND flash memory chips on an advanced process, a move that will help lower the cost of memory cards for consumers in time for the year-end shopping season, according to an analyst.

BenQ shows new portable storage line

BenQ is preparing a new range of optical disc-based portable storage products with plans to introduce the first in the line in September, it said on Monday.

Infineon offers VDSL2 chipset

German chip maker Infineon Technologies has moved quickly to offer what the company claims is the world's first chipset that is fully compliant with the new high-speed DSL (digital subscriber line) standard approved on Friday.

Spam hurts developing countries most, OECD says

Spam may be a global problem but it's hurting users in developing countries more than their counterparts in industrialized nations, according to a new report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris.

Gartner raises 2005 chip industry growth forecast

Gartner raised its forecast for global semiconductor industry revenue growth for several reasons, including signs of stronger than expected sales of personal computers and mobile phones, a researcher at the company said Monday.

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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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