Azul Systems to launch Java appliance

A 130-person startup run by the former chief executive officer of Cobalt Networks next year will begin shipping a new multicore server designed to speed up Java processing in the data center.

Pansonic to introduce high-speed SD cards

Matsushita Electric Industrial, better known for its Panasonic brand name, will begin selling a new series of SD (Secure Digital) memory cards internationally at the end of October that offer double the data transfer speed of its current fastest card...

Dell introduces new compact desktop PC

Dell updated its line of slim consumer Dimension desktop PCs Tuesday with a multiformat expansion card reader, the first time such a feature has appeared in a Dell PC, a company spokesman said.

QuickBooks eases automated accounting

If you run a small business and haven't automated your books and records because you fear it's too complicated, the just-announced QuickBooks: Simple Start Edition (US$100) from Intuit could be just right for you.

Freescale announces dual-core PowerPC processor

While much has been made of efforts by Advanced Micro Devices and Intel to bring dual-core processors to PCs and servers, Freescale Semiconductor announced Tuesday at a conference in Frankfurt, Germany, details of a dual-core PowerPC processor design...

Software simplifies becoming a rock star

Want to be a rock star? It's never been more affordable to pursue the only valid excuse to trash a hotel room. Cheap software makes it easy to record CD-quality audio to the PC in your bedroom -- or to a notebook in the back seat of a taxi, for that ...

Microsoft, file phishing, spamming lawsuits

Microsoft and filed one joint and several separate lawsuits on Monday against companies and individuals accusing them variously of trying to defraud consumers by imitating Amazon and Microsoft, the companies said Tuesday.

Hackers use porn to target Microsoft JPEG hole

Malicious hackers are seeding Internet news groups that traffic in pornography with JPEG images that take advantage of a recently disclosed security hole in Microsoft's software, according to warnings from antivirus software companies and Internet se...

Sega's new game touches hearts - and more

Games developer Sega is adding a new dimension to interactive entertainment with a game in which players touch silhouetted models to see what sort of "reaction" they can get.

IDC sees mixed future in worldwide PC market

Consumers are easing off on PC purchases as corporations ramp up their purchases, according to the latest data from market researcher IDC. Slackening consumer demand will help lower expectations for the market in the second half of 2004 and into 2005...

'UTM appliances' will supplant firewalls

The basic building block of today's network security is the firewall but two market analyses from research company IDC offer compelling evidence that this is about to change.

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Kathy Cassidy


First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni


For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Steph Mundell


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


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


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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