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Hitachi releases water-cooled notebook PC

Hitachi Ltd. has announced the commercial launch of its water-cooled notebook PC, a 1.8GHz mobile Pentium 4-based machine which uses a patented Hitachi system to aid heat dissipation.

Tiny Philips CD-ROM drive for phones, PDAs

Philips is trying to squeeze the size of a CD drive and fit it into portable devices such as mobile phones, PDAs (personal digital assistants) and digital still cameras. Using blue laser technology, the company has managed to miniaturize a drive for ...

NEC develops software for faster audio compression

NEC Corp. has developed software that can quickly compress audio data at a flexible rate, the company said Friday. This new development will allow mobile-phone users to exchange high-quality audio data, it said.

Epson offers OTG-compliant chip for USB connection

Seiko Epson Corp. will be the first vendor in Japan to mass produce an LSI (large-scale integrated circuit) chip, which supports the new USB (Universal Serial Bus) On-the-Go (OTG) standard, the company announced Wednesday. The controller chip allows ...

Internet voting for best World Cup player

Japan and South Korea will use the World Cup as an opportunity to show off their secure voting technology. The two countries will collect votes from soccer fans for the most valuable player (MVP) using an advanced secure Internet voting system, Divya...

Nintendo head steps down

Nintendo's president of more than a half century will resign and be replaced by a 42 year-old board member at the end of this month, the company announced Friday.

Robotic dog seeks employment

Now that Honda Motor's humanoid robot Asimo has several jobs, Sony Corp.'s dog-like Aibo is looking for work. Three Japanese companies unveiled a system that can wirelessly program the Aibo's movements at Business Show 2002, held this week in Tokyo.

Memory-card advances boost gadget development

About a year ago, when SanDisk Corp. first introduced a 512M-byte Compact Flash memory card, it was priced at US$799. Now for the same price you can get SanDisk's highest-capacity 1G-byte Compact Flash, which was rolled out in the first quarter this ...

NEC releases line of quiet Crusoe-based desktops

NEC on Wednesday released an all-in-one desktop PC which runs quietly without fans and features low power consumption. The company also unveiled a new line-up of notebook PCs, including a model which offers twice the battery life of previous models.

What's cooking? Bluetooth hits the kitchen

Toshiba Corp. started rolling out a line of Bluetooth-enabled networked home appliances last week, observing consumers' reactions to the new and as-yet unproven products, while audio-equipment maker Kenwood Corp. announced with more confidence the de...

EDEX - Developers aim high with OELD technologies

Two OELD (organic electroluminescence displays) manufacturers unveiled new developments in the display technology at the Electronic Display Exhibition (EDEX) 2002 that opened in the Tokyo Big Sight exhibition hall on Tuesday.

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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.

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

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Brother RJ-4230B

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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Microsoft Office 365/HP Spectre x360

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