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Under the hood: an inside tour of the Pentium 4

The Pentium 4, unveiled this week, is Intel's first new microarchitecture since 1995 when the current x86 architecture made its debut in the Pentium Pro. This new generation is designed to provide blazing speed, especially in handling multimedia cont...

One Click: Downloads made simple

Installing and running programs you've downloaded from the Web can be a whole lot easier. Instead of slogging through a series of dialog boxes, then searching for the installation file on your hard drive, the whole process will take just one click - ...

Battery Alternatives Rev Up Slowly

While chips like Transmeta's Crusoe and other energy-scrimping components grab headlines, numerous companies have been toiling to transform -- sometimes even replace -- batteries themselves. Although they promise battery lives and recharge cycles tha...

2000: Hard drives double up again

Expect next year to be another banner year for desktop hard drives. Drives that debuted in 2000 are likely to offer even higher capacities at the same sub-$US200 prices of recent years, with the price/capacity "sweet spot" of 10 to 12GB per drive exp...

A PC-free hard drive

Soon you'll be able to offload files from your digital camera and stash them on PC mass storage -- while leaving the PC behind. A new device called Digital Wallet combines a portable hard drive with its own operating system and processor.

WordPerfect to be Web-enabled

Corel's WordPerfect will be Web-enabled with a view to rent the office suite out through Application Service Providers, the company announced this week.

URLS you can understand

Imagine being able to type plain-English names into your browser's URL line instead of long strings of cryptic characters. Then imagine being taken immediately to the page you want instead of to a list of pages that merely mention the document, as se...

FireWire rekindles on Windows PCs

FireWire is finally ready to ignite. Long after it became a hit on Apple's Macintosh, the super-fast link to digital cameras, scanners, and external drives may soon arrive on a PC near you.

AOL upgrades instant messenger

America Online has upgraded its instant messaging service, adding file transfer, a directory of online communities, and a link to AOL's search engine to its basic chat functions.

Intel, PictureTel plan videoconference calls

Videoconferencing competitors Intel and PictureTel last week announced a joint distribution and product development agreement that they hope will speed the growth of global audio/video collaboration.

Hard drives ramp up in 1999

Hard drive capacities are likely to double or triple in the coming year, while the size of drives remains stable and performance improves somewhat, according to analysts and desktop PC vendors.

High-speed Rambus coming in 1999

High-performance RAM technologies are set to debut this year in high-end PCs and workstations, while per-megabyte prices will likely hold steady at their current low levels, according to chip experts and PC makers.

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Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

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Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Kurt Hegetschweiler

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.

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