Stories by Joel Strauch

Vista's promising video upgrades

When it comes to graphics, Microsoft's new operating system may earn its name. Vista promises plenty of great views with upgrades for richly detailed games, as well as better-looking and more-useful desktop apps.

PDA virus found in the wild

Antivirus companies have been warning for years that viruses will afflict handheld devices, and the day has apparently arrived: Both Symantec and Kaspersky Labs have detected a backdoor Trojan horse program that can give an attacker complete control ...

Could search sites spawn worms?

Worm attacks are bad enough by themselves, but some experts warn of an even more devastating variation: one that strikes at the application level instead of targeting network infrastructure, and spreads to Web sites through Web-based search engines.

Nokia pushes N-Gage-ing games

Nokia is continuing to gather partners for its N-Gage gaming platform, revealing that both Atari and Capcom USA will be make games available on the wireless gaming device.

New DVD copying program debuts

In the wake of a federal judge's ruling that 321 Studios LLC can no longer manufacture and sell some of its DVD-copying software, the company has released DVDExtreme, a suite of DVD and CD authoring and backup tools that will copy DVD movies that are...

ATI beefs up Radeon 9800

ATI Technologies is delivering this week a monster version of its high-end Radeon 9800 Pro, boosting memory to 256MB of DDR for a US$499 price tag.

AX4B-533 Tube motherboard

AOpen goes retro with its high-tech AX4B-533 Tube motherboard, complete with Intel’s 845E chip­-set, a speedy 533MHz front side bus, USB 2.0 support, and an on-board vacu­um tube for audio. That’s right — a vacuum tube that looks like it was yanked o...

ATI offers best Radeons on a budget

ATI Technologies Inc. is pushing its lead in the graphics chip market, unveiling a line of mainstream boards that feature the same technology found in higher-end chips but sell for half the price.

ATI revs Radeon graphics chips

ATI Technologies Inc. has unveiled the Radeon 9700 graphics board, a US$399 gaming monster scheduled to ship in the US in August, sporting 100 million transistors and full support for DirectX 9.

NVidia unveils NForce2

After its first successful foray into the chip-set business last year with NForce, Nvidia Corp. hopes to tempt PC performance hounds yet again with NForce2, announced here on Monday.

Microsoft's Xbox goes online

Microsoft has unveiled Xbox Live, a plan to take its gaming console online this fall, and promises more than a dozen multiplayer games will accompany the debut of the broadband-only service.

E3 - Gamers to get wired

Connectivity for consoles is the catchphrase at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) here this week. Representatives of both Sony Computer Entertainment and Nintendo are hawking the new strategy, but only Sony is giving details about taking its Pla...

Nvidia taps DDR330 for next NForce chipsets

Nvidia has ramped up its NForce chipsets to support speedy DDR333 memory. The company is demonstrating its new NForce 615-D and 620-D chipsets, which are shipping in the second quarter. Nvidia is also previewing new NForce chipsets that run DDR400 me...

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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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