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Laptop vendors seek better battery standard

A group of laptop vendors and battery manufacturers plans to announce a standard for making safer lithium ion batteries by June 15, 2007, in an attempt to recover from a massive series of battery recalls in recent months.

Optus trials HSDPA in Canberra, Sydney

Not wanting to be left behind by Telstra and Vodafone, Optus has started a field trial of High Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) over its 3G network in Canberra and Western Sydney.

Bollywood leads music downloads in India

Music downloads in India are gaining in popularity, thanks to wider availability of cell phones -- and the thousands of songs produced each year by the country's booming film industry.

Acer readies small PCs and a smart phone

Acer is betting users will want to buy smaller desktop PCs this year and next, a boon for a company already specializing in laptops. The company also said it plans to launch a smart phone by the end of this year or early next.

Game exporter says Sony put it out of business

A Hong Kong-based online retailer of computer games consoles and software says it's closing down after losing a lawsuit brought against it in the U.K. by Sony Computer Entertainment (SCEI).

Another headache for Sony: falling PSP sales

As if the laptop battery recall and stumbles towards the launch of the PlayStation 3 weren't enough for it to deal with, Sony said this week that shipments of its PlayStation Portable (PSP) handheld game device are well below expectations.

802.11n speeds wireless LANs

As a proposed wireless standard for high-throughput enhancements, 802.11n has been viewed primarily as a consumer technology. However, 802.11n has key applications applicable to the enterprise and is widely expected to drive the next generation of de...

Danish court blocks Russian music site

A Danish court has moved to block consumers from using AllofMP3.com, an online Russian music store accused of selling albums below their market price and cheating artists out of the royalties.

Ubuntu Linux gets a kick -- with a caveat

Canonical, the British company behind the popular Ubuntu Linux distribution, on Thursday announced the release of the latest version of its operating system that includes a number of updates, including faster boot times.

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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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