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IBM dumps AMD from North American PCs

Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) lost some ground in its evolving price war with Intel Corp. as IBM Corp. said it will drop AMD's Athlon microprocessors in PCs sold in North America.

FBI ordered to reveal PC snooping technique

A federal court ordered the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) on Tuesday to reveal technology used to track the computer keystrokes of a suspect, in a case observers say has an impact on privacy in this era of IT surveillance.

Power Mac G4 Cube falls from Apple's tree

Apple has sliced the Power Mac G4 Cube PC from its production lines, saying in a Tuesday news release that there is "a small chance" it will re-introduce an upgraded model in the future, but it has no plans to do so now.

Sony launches Net access device

Sony Electronics officially launched the eVilla Network Entertainment Center on Thursday, a stripped-down computer built specifically for Internet access and plans to ship the $US500 appliance for the consumer market by month's end.

New MP3 format challenges Windows Audio 8

The decade-old MP3 digital sound recording format has been updated, and now features double the compression rate at the same sound quality. Thomson Multimedia and the Fraunhofer Institute, the two creators of the MP3 format, released a coder and deco...

E-mail virus hoax makes users do the dirty work

In the latest perverse trickery pulled off by someone taking pleasure in computer users' pain, a fake virus warning is circulating by e-mail asking people to delete an innocuous and uninfected executable Microsoft Windows file and then to pass the wa...

Napster in talks with Microsoft on secure Web

File-swapping service Napster Inc. is in talks with Microsoft to use the software maker's music copyright protection technology, Napster confirmed Friday. Napster hopes to use Microsoft's anti-piracy technology to persuade the music industry to allow...

AMD and Intel renew cross-licensing agreement

The two major US computer microprocessor manufacturers and bitter rivals -- Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) and Intel -- announced Friday that they had renewed their cross-license agreement.

Potential price hike seen for CD-R media

Prices for CD-R (compact-disc recordable) may increase soon, the result of royalty demands from the recording medium's patent holders. But name-brand disc sellers like Memorex and Verbatim say they don't believe price increases will be significant.

Suit filed against mobile phone makers

Mobile phone makers already fighting personal injury lawsuits filed by a neurologist claiming his mobile phone caused his brain cancer now will face a Baltimore attorney who achieved legal fame with victories over asbestos manufacturers and tobacco c...

Dell edges Compaq in worldwide PC sales

Dell is number one in worldwide personal computer shipments for the first quarter, edging out Compaq for the first time. Dell's 12.8 per cent of worldwide market share beat Compaq's 12.1 per cent, according to preliminary figures in a report from Dat...

Runners cross the finish wire(less) in Boston Marathon

Terry Bowen started running at noon in Hopkinton ... and about four and a half minutes later, the clock caught up to him. Bowen's official time of 3:28:07 for Monday's Boston Marathon started with the gun, but his real time for the race, 3:23:32, as ...

Palm cuts prices

A month after introducing new handhelds with expansion slots, Palm told analysts Wednesday that it would cut prices on some older models.

Hacker spams Warner Bros fans

Warner Bros suffered a computer security breach last week, leading to the theft of an e-mail newsletter mailing list. The computer cracker then sent bulk unsolicited e-mail messages -- spam -- to the subscribers, promoting a multilevel marketing sche...

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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.

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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.

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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.

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