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Compaq partners with Platform Computing on global grids

Grid computing got a big boost on Wednesday when Platform Computing Inc. made the open-source Globus toolkit commercially available and pulled together through partnerships another grid solution that Compaq Computer Corp. will sell.

AOL Instant Messenger built into Nokia phone

Internet mammoth America Online Inc. (AOL), Nokia Corp., and VoiceStream Wireless Corp. have together released a version of the AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) service built into the Nokia 3390 mobile phone, the companies announced Thursday. The service ...

Security to trump other matters at ICANN meeting

The Sept. 11 terrorist attacks have caused numerous organizations to increase their focus on security and ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), which oversees the address system for the Internet, is no different.

Openwave brings instant messaging to cell phone

Instant messaging is coming to mobile phones and it will be interoperable with all major PC instant message (IM) applications, Openwave Systems Inc. promised Monday as it announced the limited release of its mobile IM product at Comdex Fall.

Sony unveils latest Aibo robot

Sony Corp. unwrapped its latest Aibo entertainment robot on Wednesday, a futuristic-looking model that looks more like a cheap knock-off of previous versions than the cuter, cuddlier models it had designed so far.

Fast shows off near-real time indexing

Fast Search & Transfer ASA will launch an upgraded version of its Alltheweb.com search engine on Monday that offers near real time searches in over 3,000 online news sources.

Wingcast turns to Java for in-car services

Wingcast LLC Tuesday tapped Sun Microsystems Inc. to help make Java support a standard feature of in-car entertainment consoles in a move that could bring popular applications currently running on handheld devices and cell phones into automobiles.

IBM hoping new 'pixie dust' hard disk drives fly

IBM Corp. on Wednesday launched three hard disk drive products --the Deskstar 120GXP, the Travelstar 60GH and the Travelstar 40GN -- that include its magnetic coating technology, nicknamed "pixie dust".

Proposed German law foresees biometric IDs

Germans could be the first people to carry passports and identity cards with encrypted biometric data, meant to enable computerized identification and hinder fraud. The new technology is included in a package of antiterrorism measures agreed on Wedne...

Congressman makes appeal to P-to-P advocates

U.S. Congressman Rick Boucher addressed attendees at the O'Reilly Peer-to-Peer and Web Services conference here Wednesday, asking for their support in his legislative efforts to make the authorized distribution of music over the Internet a reality.

HP/COMPAQ: Packard son joins opposition

Resistance to Hewlett-Packard Co.'s planned merger with Compaq Computer Corp. is growing, as reports surfaced Wednesday that David Packard, son of HP's co-founder, intends to join the Hewlett family in opposing the merger. The new objections could do...

Buggy version of Apple music software erases data

Some Mac users who downloaded the first release of Apple Computer Inc.'s iTunes 2.0 jukebox software encountered a nasty shock: Erased hard drives. In an alert posted on its Web site, Apple warns that an iTunes 2.0 installer bug "can result in loss o...

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

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