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Microsoft Takes Windows CE for Cars to Japan

Microsoft made a strong move this week on the automotive front when the software maker reached an agreement with five Japanese car component makers on the use of Windows CE for Automotive.

Red Hat earnings up

Linux operating systems vendors Red Hat announced Thursday strong second-quarter results with revenue increasing 76 per cent year-over-year.

Napster CEO addresses legal issues, future

Napster's copyright battle dominated discussion at the Internet Law and Policy Forum in the US this week, indicating that interest in the site's legal woes stretches across many borders. Legal experts from around the globe attended the forum, discuss...

Oracle's Ellison backs Internet game site

After toiling for days, months, or even years to develop cutting edge technology, what do you do when the company that purchased your ideas lets them sit on the shelf? Well, if you are a personal friend of Larry Ellison, you invite the Oracle chief o...

MP3.com Shares Fall After Judge's Ruling

Shares of MP3.com dipped more than 20 per cent Thursday, one day after a US federal judge ruled that the digital music site violated copyrights of Universal Music Group.

Yahoo cuts music broadcast deal

Yahoo said Wednesday it has cut a deal with the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) that sets terms and conditions for music performances that are broadcast by the portal giant's network of Web sites.

Acer Labs looks to China

Acer Laboratories (ALI) said this week that it plans to increase its current expansion into China in an attempt to dip into the mainland's software resources and talent pool -- a strategy that may help the vendor sustain recent growth.

Panel: the future is a wireless push

In the publishing industry, old-guard veterans and young entrepreneurs agree on at least one thing about the future of content delivery: no matter where you go, information will find you.

Don't Just Read, Wear Your Words

Imagine walking into a meeting 20 years from now with a suit made not of cloth but rather a form of digital fabric running images and text over your entire body. Then picture the table in the center of the room as a digital canvas laden with three-di...

Palm gets first trojan horse attack

In ancient Greece, soldiers and artisans combined their efforts to create a wooden horse capable of deceiving an entire army of Trojan warriors. Now, however, it only takes an ambitious programmer and some friends connected on a network to spread a v...

Watch will abandon hands, embrace wireless

Have you ever lost track of your child at the mall? Well, a new watch with wireless technology may let little Johnny or Jane send mum and dad an instant message, or trigger a sound that will direct the anxious parents to the whereabouts of their chil...

Study: Music swapping users are takers not givers

Two US research scientists recently spent their weekend tracking user behavior on Gnutella's music-trading online network and found that more takers than givers dominate the free music landscape. Through such behavior, Gnutella users may end up drawi...

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Azadeh Williams

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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