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Samsung sticks hard-disk drive in new phone

Samsung has stuck a hard-disk drive in its new mobile phone. The handset was unveiled at the ITU Telecom Asia event in South Korea and is the first mobile phone of its kind in the world, the company says.

MPEG4, Microsoft's VC1 added to Blu-ray Disc standard

The Blu-ray Disc Association has added the MPEG4 and VC1 video codecs to its specification for prerecorded Blu-ray Disc media, it said Wednesday. Blu-ray Disc is one of two formats vying to become the de facto optical disc standard for high-definitio...

Sony outlines flat panel TV technology plans

Sony, long a leading player in the television market with its Trinitron CRT (cathode ray tube) technology, is getting serious about the fast-expanding flat-panel television sector. On Thursday the company launched a major push into the market with a ...

Report: Hitachi, Matsushita to tie on LCDs

Hitachi and Matsushita Electric Industrial have reached a basic agreement to jointly produce liquid crystal display (LCD) panels and Hitachi has invited Toshiba to also participate, according to a report in the Friday morning edition of the Nihon Kei...

Toshiba announces 60GB, 1.8-inch hard-disk drive

Toshiba will begin mass-producing a 60G-byte, 1.8-inch hard-disk drive before the end of the year, it said Wednesday. Such drives are commonly used in digital music players and sub-notebook computers.

HD-DVD comes out fighting, launch in 2005

The HD-DVD (High Definition/High Density-DVD) next-generation optical disc format got a boost Monday with the announcement by Toshiba and NEC that they plan to launch compatible products next year and with word that a major Japanese content producer ...

Hitachi develops one-button text input terminal

Hitachi has developed a prototype system that gives the ability to input simple messages into a computer to those unable to type. The system, called Mobile Den-no-shin, works with a custom computer that resembles a tablet PC and uses a single push-bu...

Long lines await iPod mini's Tokyo debut

Apple Computer began international sales of its iPod mini digital music player on Saturday and opened the doors of its Tokyo store to a line of more than one thousand people.

Panasonic shows IPv6 camera, printer

Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd., better known by its Panasonic brand name, has unveiled a network camera and printer that offer support for IPv6, the latest version of the Internet Protocol.

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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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