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DRAM prices surge

After steadily falling for almost one and a half years, the price of DRAM (dynamic random access memory) chips has surged in the last week and consumers could feel the effects as early as this week in higher retail prices.

AMD demos 0.13-micron Thoroughbred processor

In a private meeting room at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) this week is giving its customers a glimpse at upcoming additions to its product line with the demonstration of two unreleased products: a 0.13-micron Tho...

Acer cuts 30; notebook deal the new focus

Acer may have retrenched 30 staff from its Australian operations this week, but its eyes are firmly planted on what's ahead -- a major notebook contract with the Department of Education in Western Australia.

HP shuts Sydney plant

Hewlett-Packard has closed its configuration-to-order PC assembly plant in Sydney as part of its consolidation of manufacturing centres throughout the Asia-Pacific.

Intel gives glimpse of 'Hannacroix' concept PC

Intel Corp. is showing its Hannacroix concept PC at the Comdex trade show this week, and although the concept PC will never make it to store shelves, Intel hopes to excite potential customers by loading the motherboard with all the new technology it ...

European Linux shop embraces the iPaq

Tuxia Inc., a German maker of embedded Linux operating systems for television set-top boxes and other computing devices, expects to announce here Wednesday the availability of its open source operating system for Compaq Computer Corp.'s iPaq handheld...

Sony unveils potpourri of consumer gadgets

Sony Corp. unleashed a blizzard of consumer PC peripherals at Comdex here this week, featuring new digital music players, an ultra-sleek Clie handheld, and a wireless Bluetooth camcorder. These moves from the consumer electronics giant fit into a tre...

Next-generation cell phones debut at Comdex

Get ready for a faster wireless Web. The latest cellular phones and modems on display here at Comdex will be capable of data speeds faster than today's wired 56-kbps hookups--when they're used on next-generation wireless networks, which are soon to r...

COMDEX: Intel launches low-power server chip

Intel Corp. is continuing its product assault on chipmaker Transmeta Corp. with the announcement of a low-power processor and chip set combination targeted at ultra-dense servers--where the struggling Transmeta has made inroads.

XDegrees ships p-to-p platform with .NET My Services

Peer-to-peer vendor XDegrees Inc. Monday released the first version of its p-to-p application-sharing platform and announced that it has implemented Microsoft Corp.'s .NET My Services, formerly code-named HailStorm, for a business application.

COMDEX: Transmeta challenges Intel with Crusoes

Prepared to repeat its success within the Japanese portable PC market in the Intel Corp.-led United States portable PC market, chip maker Transmeta Corp. laid out its next-generation chip road map here at Comdex.

Trend Micro unveils antivirus suite

Trend Micro Inc. released Wednesday the latest version of an antivirus and security suite for Internet gateways. The software incorporates a new, experimental kind of policy-based screen for e-mail suspected of harboring viruses.

Gmate to debut Linux PDA next month

Gmate Co. Ltd. plans to put on sale its long-awaited Linux-based PDA (personal digital assistant) in December, the company announced at Comdex Fall.

TechTracker ITX probes software usage on PCs

Diverging from the frenzy that traditionally embodies Comdex's fall show, many end-users are window shopping less this year and honing in on key products to will help them maximize efficiency in their enterprises.

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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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