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Microsoft readies PC security, tools bundle

Microsoft is readying a new consumer security product that offers virus and spyware protection, a new firewall and several tune-up tools for Windows PCs, a move that pits the software giant squarely against traditional security software vendors.

Xbox 360 takes the stage

Xbox 360, successor to Microsoft's popular Xbox gaming console, got the rock-star treatment in the US overnight at a gaudy (though prerecorded) launch event broadcast on MTV.

MSN acquires MessageCast to expand alerts service

MSN has bought MessageCast Inc. in a move that will give MSN Messenger more access to MessageCast's technologies and will help expand MSN alert services to new content channels, Microsoft Corp. announced Wednesday.

Security firms fight Firefox fire with fire

Just in time for one of the first serious security flaws to be found in Mozilla's Firefox, two companies, Anonymizer and FraudEliminator, have released new security products for the popular open source Web browser.

Mastercard battles phishing fraud

MasterCard has shut down 1,400 phishing websites in the last eleven months alone, the company has revealed at its annual Global Risk Management Symposium.

Google buys Dodgeball networking service

Google continued extending its reach beyond the PC this week by acquiring social networking service Dodgeball.com, according to a note posted Wednesday on Dodgeball.com's Web site. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. A Google spokesman co...

Indian professor proposes alternate open-source license

Finding the GNU General Public License (GPL) too restrictive with regard to derived works, a professor at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Mumbai is working on an alternative license that will allow people to take commercial benefit from w...

Mozilla fixes critical Firefox bugs

The Mozilla Foundation has patched two "extremely critical" security holes in its Firefox browser that were reported earlier this week. The flaws have been patched in a Firefox 1.0.4 release, which was posted to the Mozilla.org Web site on May 11.

Dell banks on growth outside the US in Q1

Dell reported strong results from business units located outside of the U.S. in the first quarter, leading to solid increases in revenue and net income on the back of solid growth in storage and mobile products, the company said Thursday.

Hitachi and Fujitsu tout new 100GB notebook drives

Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (HGST) and Fujitsu have both begun shipping new notebook hard-disk drives that offer more storage capacity and better performance over previous models, they said Wednesday.

Microsoft, Philips marry Windows with Nexperia

Philips Electronics will make semiconductors for consumer electronics devices capable of playing Windows Media audio and video files as part of a nonexclusive deal with Microsoft, the companies said Wednesday.

Google ponders Blogger, Gmail integration

Google is contemplating various improvements to its popular Blogger Web logging service, including native image uploading and deeper integration with the company's Gmail Web-mail service, according to a Google executive.

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Kathy Cassidy

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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