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IDC: World PC market gains in first quarter

Though the worldwide PC market has not achieved positive year-over-year growth, the market is not declining as much as had been projected, according to new market data released Thursday by IDC.

Worms overtake DoS as top attacks in 2002

The Internet has become a riskier place for businesses since the fall of 2001 and doesn't look to be any more secure in the near future, according to security firm Internet Security Systems, which released its security incident figures for the first ...

EBay closes password security hole

Online auction powerhouse eBay Inc. closed a security hole in a password-maintenance feature late Tuesday that could have allowed attackers to take over a user's account and commit fraud.

Porn buster: Vericept secures content with VIEW appliances

Employees interested in visiting porn, gambling and hacking Web sites while at work may want to start reconsidering their hobbies now that Vericept Corp. has announced a new line of appliances that can monitor all network traffic for violations of co...

Activision powers up with Shaba Games buyout

Game-maker Activision Inc. Tuesday announced that it has acquired software developer Shaba Games LLC, the company that has helped it develop a number of hit games, in an all-stock deal.

Microsoft asks court to reconsider Lindows ruling

Saying that the court asked the wrong questions and therefore arrived at the wrong answers in its preliminary injunction ruling that allowed Lindows.com Inc. to continue to use the name Lindows, Microsoft Corp. filed a motion for reconsideration late...

Windows NT/2000 hole can let attacker take over systems

A recently discovered security vulnerability in a software debugging component of Microsoft Corp.'s Windows NT and 2000 operating systems can allow an attacker to elevate their privileges on a system and take the system over, according to intrusion d...

McAfee ThreatScan checks for virus vulnerabilities

Looking to extend the purview of its antivirus software and to help its customers discover network vulnerabilities that viruses might exploit, McAfee Security, a division of Network Associates Inc., Monday announced the release of McAfee ThreatScan, ...

Court: Napster to remain shut down

Fallen music titan Napster Inc.'s file-trading service will remain shuttered for the time being, thanks to the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals rejecting a motion by the company to have its court-imposed shutdown order overturned Monday.

HP/Compaq deal all but final

Fallen music titan Napster Inc.'s file-trading service will remain shuttered for the time being, thanks to the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals rejecting a motion by the company to have its court-imposed shutdown order overturned Monday.

HP completes Indigo acquisition

Fallen music titan Napster Inc.'s file-trading service will remain shuttered for the time being, thanks to the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals rejecting a motion by the company to have its court-imposed shutdown order overturned Monday.

Judge denies Microsoft motion in Lindows case

A judge late Friday denied Microsoft's request for a preliminary injunction against startup Lindows.com , thus allowing the startup to continue selling its operating system under the name Lindows.

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Dynabook Portégé X30L-G

Ultimately this laptop has achieved everything I would hope for in a laptop for work, while fitting that into a form factor and weight that is remarkable.

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MSI P65

This smart laptop was enjoyable to use and great to work on – creating content was super simple.

Lolita Wang

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It really doesn’t get more “gaming laptop” than this.

Jack Jeffries

MSI GS75

As the Maserati or BMW of laptops, it would fit perfectly in the hands of a professional needing firepower under the hood, sophistication and class on the surface, and gaming prowess (sports mode if you will) in between.

Taylor Carr

MSI PS63

The MSI PS63 is an amazing laptop and I would definitely consider buying one in the future.

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This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.

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