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Customised software poised for increase

Despite the increasing use of standard packaged solutions and greater use of outsourcing, Australian organisations plan to increase their level of customised software development in the next two years.

MSN Messenger, Hotmail hit with outage

Due to internal technical problems at Microsoft, many MSN Messenger and Hotmail users, as well as some MSN Internet Access customers, were unable to connect to those services for about eight hours Friday.

IBM refreshes server line for smaller businesses

IBM has launched new versions of its Intel-based servers for small and medium-sized businesses. Based on the Pentium 4 processor, the xSeries 206 and 306 servers represent IBM's latest attempt to target smaller customers.

Telstra remedy under ACCC watch

Telstra has sent a submission to the ACCC in response to a consultation notice that cautioned the telco for acting anti-competitively when it released a range of broadband plans cheaper than what it offered its wholesale customers.

Hitachi offers more media storage with 400G-byte drive

Hitachi Global Storage Technologies Inc. has launched a new 3.5-inch hard disk drive with a capacity of 400GB, higher than any other drive in this class, the company announced Wednesday. The drive has been designed for audio/video applications, and p...

Kazaa owner appeals ruling on raid

Kazaa owner Sharman Networks is continuing its bid to have an order against it dropped by the Federal court. The company lodged an application on Thursday asking for leave to appeal on a ruling made last week.

LCD shortage starts to bite

IT buyers hoping for a price cut for sexy, slimline, flat-screen LCD monitors look set to wait another 18 months as supplies of 15in LCD monitors run short and OEM vendors scramble to pick up over-priced crumbs from LCD panel manufacturers' factories...

Telstra sale to head back to Senate

The House of Representatives has again passed legislation that allows the Federal Government to sell its share of, and subsequently privatise, Telstra.

Microsoft debuts CRM for small business

Microsoft Australia made its foray into the small-business CRM market this week with software aimed at making service and sales professionals in SMEs and divisions of large companies more productive.

Major US ISPs sue hundreds of spammers

Four major U.S. Internet service providers (ISPs) are suing more than 220 alleged spammers responsible for sending out hundreds of millions of pieces of unsolicited commercial e-mail, the companies announced Wednesday.

Napster uses IBM/Linux technology for music delivery

In an effort to help its large-scale customers conserve bandwidth and speed up the delivery of online music, Napster is using open standards technology from IBM as part of a cache-management system, the company announced Wednesday.

IDC: PC shipments slower but still robust to 2005

Despite expectations that worldwide PC shipments over the next two years won't be able to match figures for 2003, the forecast is still one of double-digit growth through 2005, market research firm IDC said Wednesday in its Quarterly PC Tracker estim...

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STYLISTIC Q702

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

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STYLISTIC Q572

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

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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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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.

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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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