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Wearable tech helps in a crisis

When an alarm sounds for a fire in a high-rise across town, tech-savvy firefighters jump into their truck and consult a hands-free, flat-screen monitor for the shortest route to the inferno, the number of people typically in the building, the kinds o...

Taiwan manufacturers gear up for dual-layer DVD

The trickle of drives and media supporting new dual-layer DVD formats looks set to turn into a flood in the coming months as Taiwan's major drive and disc manufacturers prepare to start mass production.

Video ready to get up and go

Keen to ride on the success of digital music players like Apple Computer's iPod, Taiwanese electronics manufacturers are promoting multimedia players that include video functions, at the Computex trade show currently taking place in Taipei.

Consumer electronics to drive chip demand

Rising demand for products that blur the lines between consumer electronics devices and computers has become one of the most important sources of demand for semiconductors, but this presents a host of challenges for chip makers, according to the chai...

Via's Chen maps PC industry changes

The blurring lines between consumer electronics and computing is changing the way that the PC industry works, according to Wenchi Chen, the president and chief executive officer of Via Technologies Inc.

Grantsdale, Alderwood headed for June 21 launch

Intel plans to launch its Grantsdale and Alderwood chipsets for Pentium 4 processors on June 21, according to several motherboard makers at the Computex 2004 exhibition. But while the chipsets will soon be available to users, they may not become wide...

Windows Media player revamped

Microsoft is inviting all comers to test the next version of its Windows Media Player, which has a streamlined interface and new features that better support portable devices.

Apple lines up for Toshiba's new 60G-byte drive

Toshiba is planning to launch a 60G-byte version of its 1.8-inch hard disk drive in the coming months and has already found a customer in Apple Computer, the company said Wednesday at the Computex 2004 exhibition in Taipei.

Google upgrades Search Appliance

Google has upgraded its Search Appliance, improving the capacity and performance of the device, which combines hardware and software to provide in a box the search functionality employed by the Google.com Web site.

TI demos split-chassis PC design

Texas Instruments (TI) has a solution to the problem of hot and noisy computers: split them into two parts and move the hottest and loudest components off the desktop and away from the user.

New entry expected in supercomputer top 10

A Chinese computer is expected to take its place among the ten most powerful supercomputers for the first time later this month when the rankings are officially updated, according to a Taiwanese motherboard maker.

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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

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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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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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