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Aimster may end IM interoperability debate

Providers of instant-messaging services have argued for years that America Online has stalled movement toward a single standard for interoperability. Now this issue may become an obstacle to the US Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) approval o...

Free Opera browser takes on Explorer, Netscape

Opera Software, the third-largest Web browser maker, released the latest version of its Windows browser software for free download Wednesday, hoping to challenge the dominance of its rivals.

FTC warns about top-level domain scams

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) warned consumers on Thursday to beware of companies offering to pre-register Web sites with as-yet unapproved TLDs (top-level domains).

Transmeta goes public as vendors evaluate chip

Microprocessor design house Transmeta launched its highly anticipated 13 million share initial public offering on the Nasdaq exchange Tuesday. But questions about the performance of its low-power Crusoe chip -- and hesitation on the part of some big ...

Bushwhacked! - hacker defaces US Republican site

A hacker defaced a Web site of the US Republican National Committee on Monday night, replacing it with a harangue attacking the Republican presidential candidate, George W. Bush, and "that great tyrant, the straight white male."

IBM cancels Crusoe laptop

With minimal comment, IBM canceled the release of a Transmeta-powered laptop Tuesday. The news comes as Transmeta plans its IPO on the NASDAQ stock exchange.

Microsoft hacked but downplays impact

The figurative klaxon alarms wailing in Redmond have died down to a low chime as investigators narrow their focus on what a hacker might have compromised inside Microsoft internal network.

Do the world's poor need technology?

Internet access for the world's poor looks light years away considering that hundreds of millions of people globally lack roads and electricity, much less telephones, according to speakers at the eDevelopment conference Thursday.

3Com Announces Global Web Poll

BOSTON (10/05/2000) - Joining giant constrictor snakes, birds of prey and great cats stalking people in the jungles of the world is one more exotic predator: 3Com Corp. representatives wielding handheld computers, asking residents about their sex li...

Study: Music Online Not All Bad for Retailers

Caught between free music download sites and the record labels' vigorous legal assault against piracy are the traditional brick-and-mortar music stores looking to survive in a changing, often hostile commercial landscape.

Forrester: music, book industry to lose billions

The music and book publishing industry stands to lose billions in revenue from online file sharing, according to a report released Tuesday from Forrester Research, which said that there's little anyone can do about that.

HP negotiating $US18b PwC Consulting buyout

Hewlett-Packard and PricewaterhouseCoopers confirmed reports Monday that the computer and printer maker is discussing the purchase of the consulting arm of the big five accounting firm.

IDC: PC shipments looking up

Market research from IDC predicts a robust third quarter for personal computer sales, with consumer demand in Asia driving worldwide sales growth.

Napster fallout continues

Thirty-four percent of US colleges and universities have banned the music file-trading program Napster for Internet users surfing over campus servers, according to a report from technology market research company Gartner Group.

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MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

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MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

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WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

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Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

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