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Another 'special master' appointed in Napster case

The nearly two-year-old battle between file sharing service Napster and the recording industry continued on Wednesday, and although the court was expected to rule on a summary judgement, the judge in the case said it would be "premature" to make a ju...

ZoneAlarm Pro update blasts ads, cookies

Zone Labs Inc. is tackling Internet irritations with a scheduled November update to its ZoneAlarm Pro firewall and computer security program, which the company says will block online ads, including pop-up and -down ads, and will prevent Web sites fro...

Pentax, Sanyo test disposable digital camera service

Three Japanese companies are testing what they claim to be the world's first photo-processing service using disposable digital still cameras. Asahi Optical Co. Ltd., which makes Pentax brand cameras, electronics manufacturer Sanyo Electric Co. Ltd. a...

Jupiter: U.S. file swappers swell 500 percent

Fueled by word of mouth and more than a few young men, file swapping alternatives to Napster Inc. have experienced user growth of nearly 500 percent from March to August of this year, according to a report released Wednesday by Jupiter Media Metrix I...

Sony to take $124M stake in game maker Square

Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI), the company behind the PlayStation family of game consoles, plans to take a stake in one of Japan's largest computer game software producers as competition heats up between the major hardware players.

FullAudio nabs Universal Music license

Pushing closer to the launch of its online music subscription service, FullAudio Corp. announced Wednesday that it reached a licensing deal with Universal Music Publishing Group, allowing the service access to publishing rights for Universal artists ...

Experts: Cybersecurity needs funding, organization

Members of the security industry and academia told a U.S. House of Representatives committee Wednesday that significant funding for research and the coordination of private and public sector efforts will be needed to combat the threat of cyberterrori...

Sony plans new PC/entertainment system combo

Sony Electronics Inc., a division of Sony Corp., plans to announce Thursday a new all-in-one computing device that combines aspects of a desktop PC and a home entertainment system, according to a spokeswoman. The company declined to comment on the sp...

Sharp develops a 'chatting' interface

"How is the weather in Tokyo?" A demonstrator is questioning "Maico," a cute, three-dimensional, 26-year-old female on a display screen. "Yes? the weather in Tokyo? let me check," nods and answers Maico, looking straight at the demonstrator. The comp...

Wearable computing: rendezvous of the cyborgs

"You have to play around a lot to get usable wearable computer solutions," said Ansgar Schmidt of the Center for Computing Technologies at the University of Bremen, Germany, as he presents the latest achievement of his institute.

Music industry seals major online licensing deal

In an effort to sidestep cumbersome licensing negotiations, U.S. record labels and music publishers reached an agreement Tuesday that will allow record companies to automatically license works for online music services without having to clear songs w...

AOL amends policy to allow user tracking

Recent changes to America Online's (AOL) privacy policy allow the Internet service provider the right to use Internet tracking tools such as cookies and Web beacons, a company spokesman confirmed Tuesday.

AMD launches Athlon XP processor family

Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) has been claiming for some time that there is more to performance than clock speed in its battle with chip giant Intel Corp., and now the company is ready to bet on it with the launch of its Athlon XP family of proce...

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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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