Stories by Rick Perera

Red Hat offers Compaq-based e-commerce suite

The electronic-commerce market may be facing tough times, but to open-source software maker Red Hat Inc. that just means more opportunity for the little guys. The company announced Monday it is teaming with hardware maker Compaq Computer Corp. and sy...

Pssst ... Wanna see some skin?

As the saying goes, sex sells. And here in none-too-prudish Germany, entrepreneurs have been quick to make a Deutsche mark off of the fleshy side of life. There's hardly a train station or downtown shopping district where you can't find a clean, well...

Microsoft caves to criticism, drops Smart Tags

Microsoft has decided to drop the controversial Smart Tags feature from its forthcoming Windows XP release. The feature will not appear in the final version of the operating system, scheduled for release 25 October or in the new Web browser Internet ...

Compaq expected to overtake Palm on PDA revs

Compaq is poised to topple Palm from its position as the number-one earner in the PDA (personal digital assistant) market, according to a new report from research and consulting company Dataquest.

German digital signature law goes into effect

Germany's new digital signature law went into effect Tuesday, making the country one of the first in the European Union to implement regulations giving electronic signatures the same legal weight as handwritten ones.

IBM chooses Opera browser for Net appliance

Opera Software has delivered its newly developed Opera Internet browser for the QNX operating system to IBM, for use in IBM's NetVista Internet appliances, Opera announced Wednesday. The Norwegian browser maker developed the QNX version especially fo...

Iranian police shut Internet cafés

Police in the Iranian capital Tehran have closed down hundreds of Internet cafés, leaving thousands of people without access to the Web or e-mail. Authorities say the businesses lack the proper permits.

Hands-free car phone kit talks back

Siemens' wireless communications subsidiary plans to release a new hands-free mobile phone kit that for the first time reads aloud names of callers and senders of SMS (short message service) text messages.

Gartner: AOL, Microsoft in messaging war

America Online (AOL) and Microsoft are heading for a showdown over Internet instant messaging technology, as the service becomes increasingly important to business users, according to research and consulting company Gartner Group, which released a ne...

Law firm drops Holocaust suit against IBM

A US law firm is dropping a class-action suit against IBM over its alleged business ties to the Nazi German regime during World War II. The action will be "voluntarily dismissed," the law firm Cohen, Milstein, Hausfeld & Toll said in a statement.

Via announces successor to Cyrix III processor

Via Technologies officially launched its new low-power C3 processor Sunday, at the CeBIT trade show in Hanover. The device will be priced at $US54 per unit in quantities of 1,000, the company said in a statement Sunday.

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HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

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