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Robot researchers work to aid, save lives

Sony's Aibo robots, or any one of the latest humanoid robots may be cute and draw all the attention, but there's a serious side to Japan's robot industry and it is on display this week at Robodex 2003, which opened Thursday in Yokohama, just outside ...

Old technology offers new answers in Columbia crash probe

An old-fashioned magnetic tape recorder on board the doomed space shuttle Columbia is helping U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) fill in critical gaps about what caused the spacecraft to break up on re-entry on Feb. 1.

In US, Europe, SARS affecting travel, meetings

The spread of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in the People's Republic of China (PRC) and throughout the Asia-Pacific Rim countries has alarmed health officials and prompted companies to curtail travel to the countries most affected by the m...

Japan's robot expo opens

It's Robodex time in Japan again and that means a gamut of new robots including both improved and upgraded models and brand new machines, many from companies presenting their first work in the fast-growing field of robotics.

Sony updates its humanoid robot

Sony Corp. unveiled a new version of its SDR (Sony Dream Robot) humanoid robot on Wednesday that, it said, packs major increases in abilities and intelligence.

Microsoft dives into VoIP with CE .Net 4.2

Windows CE .Net is poised to put VoIP (voice over IP) capability in handhelds, Windows-powered Smartphones and other devices with a set of enhancements for Version 4.2 to be outlined Wednesday at the Voice on the Net conference in San Jose, Californi...

Microsoft unveils Office 2003 lineup

When Microsoft Corp. releases its Office 2003 suite in June, several new application bundles will join the Office lineup, including a high-end Professional edition and a new Small Business edition.

Study: Reduced piracy to create millions of jobs

Reducing software piracy by just 10 percentage points worldwide would generate 1.5 million jobs and add US$400 billion to the world economy, according to a study released Wednesday by the Business Software Alliance (BSA) and IDC.

Smaller, faster disk drives on the way this year

Smaller hard disk drives, faster drives and the opening up of the market for disk drives in consumer electronics devices will be among the key industry milestones in 2003, according to the International Disk Drive Equipment and Materials Association ...

Microsoft hails ISO stamp for C#

Microsoft Corp. is touting approval of its C# programming language as both an ISO and ECMA standard as an advantage over the rival Java language.

What we want in our PDAs

Sales of personal digital assistants (PDAs) fell in the first quarter, but voice-enabled handset shipments rose 16.6 percent as compared to last year, according to research released by IDC Wednesday. Worldwide, vendors shipped 107.6 million units in ...

The dirty dozen

Antivirus software company Central Command today released its monthly listing of the top 12 viruses reported in March, with Worm/Klez.E retaining poll position for the fifth month running.

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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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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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