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Asus A620BT Bluetooth Pocket PC

Reg Review Asus launched its MyPal A620 PDA on the back of Microsoft's summer launch of Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC. Wireless connectivity was one of the key improvements the software giant made with the new version of its operating system, but without a built-in radio the A620 wasn't best able to demonstrate those communications enhancements.
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Logitech Pocket Digital 130 digicam

First UK Review Logitech's Pocket Digital digicam was always intended to be cheap and cheerful. Credit-card sized, it was design to slip into your pocket, to be used at any time to quickly capture moments of your life. Take out the camera, slide open the case to expose the lens, point and click. Download later at your convenience.
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Palm Tungsten T3 PDA

Reg Review Palm's innovative enterprise-oriented Tungsten T PDA had a good screen, but at a resolution of 320 x 320, it look rather small compared with Pocket PC devices' larger displays. While last summer's T2 replaced the original display with a much superior transflective LCD, the size remained the same. Instead, Palm chose to wait until the autumn release slot to offer a Tungsten with a bigger, iPaq-beating screen.
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Palm Tungsten E PDA

Reg Review While the focus of Palm's marketing has centred on newly released machines, the company has maintained steady sales of its older products, not only to buyers seeking a cheaper machine but corporates who want to buy solid, established products in bulk.
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Creative SoundBlaster MP3+

Reg Review While the Mac has long offered a fine audio experience, the PC was for many years limited to bleeps and warbles issued from its single built-in speaker. The work of sound card companies, in particular Creative, helped redress the balance, and desktop PC users have now come to take good sound quality for granted, first through bundled SoundBlaster cards and more recently thanks to multi-channel sound built into the chipset.
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Micro MP3 Players

Reg Group Test Apple's iPod has drawn buyers' attention to the hard drive-based music player market over the last few years. However, the Flash-based player market hasn't stood still during this time and has continued to evolve from the iPod-sized Rios of old into more compact form factors and squeezing in more music capacity. Today, a typical 'micro' MP3 player will offer up to 512MB of storage in a case no larger than a ciggie lighter.
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Viewsonic V35 Pocket PC

Reg Review Viewsonic's first PDA, the V35, was released in the US a wee while ago, but it finally made it to these shores a couple of months back. Pitched as one of the cheapest and thinnest Pocket PC devices around, we thought the V35 merited a closer look.
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The Palm Zire 71 PDA

A Reg in-depth review Palm's budget-priced Zire PDA has proved a popular addition to its consumer-oriented product line-up. The Zire 71 is the follow-up, adding a colour display, an integrated digicam and a little multimedia-friendly processor horsepower, all designed to tickle the fancy of buyers with more cash and a desire to spend it on the latest consumer electronics.
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Intel takes axe to P4, Celeron prices

Intel yesterday cut not only its desktop Pentium 4 prices yesterday, but trimmed what it charges for the mobile version.
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Palm Tungsten C Wi-Fi PDA

Each member of Palm's Tungsten line of pro-oriented PDAs offers wireless connectivity of one form or another. The original member of the family, the Tungsten T, has built-in Bluetooth. Earlier this year, Palm shipped the W, which can talk to cellular networks. The newest addition to the line, the Tungsten C, sports integrated 802.11b Wi-Fi connectivity.
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Joe Average User Is In Trouble

Opinion One of the many hats I wear here in St. Louis is that of college instructor, writes SecurityFocus columnist Scott Granneman. I teach courses in technology at Washington University, recently ranked the ninth best overall college in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, and at St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley, one of the better community colleges in the area. I teach smart people at both locations. One is composed of folks who can pay the high prices for an education at a nationally-ranked university, and the other has people who work during the day and want to improve their skills at a good public school while keeping their costs low.
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Email scammers target Halifax, Nationwide, Citibank

Scam emails trying to con customers of Halifax, Nationwide and Citibank into handing over sensitive account information circulated widely over the Internet this weekend.
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Google: the challenges of the proposed IPO

At one level the news that Google is considering holding a massive on-line Initial Public Offering (IPO) is, hopefully, a barometer of the growing revival in technology stocks and Internet-related stock in particular, writes Bob McDowall of Bloor Research.

Tide turns for enterprise apps vendors

The quarterly business results are coming in and, for enterprise application vendors, it looks as if the worst is over, writes Fran Howarth of Bloor Research. Although we are not likely to be seeing the high growth rates common two to three years ago for some time, the business climate appears to be steadily improving.
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BOFH and The Boss's Porn

Episode 15 Episode 15 BOFH 2003: Episode 15 So I'm wandering past The Boss's office one day, when I notice that tell-tale puzzled-yet-vaguely-interested-but-revolted expression on his face which that can only mean one thing. Hard Core Porn. Improvising, I grab a sheet of paper from his PA's desk and barge in. "If I could just get …
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BOFH and The Conference

Episode 14 Episode 14 BOFH 2003: Episode 14 So The PFY and I have been shafted by The Boss who's signed us up to a one-day "conference" in the city which is so airy-fairy it should really just be called a trade show. Ordinarily, as a computing professional, you'd expect to disagree with people on matters of technology on occasion. For …
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Opera mobile makes breakthrough with Nokia 6600

The mobile phone version of the Opera browser will ship as standard with Nokia's forthcoming 6600 smartphone. The triband phone is due out in Europe, Africa and Asia-Pacific this quarter, and is the 'official' Nokia packaging of the camera smartphone for the business market.
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Halifax suspends e-banking site after phishing attack

Halifax has taken its web site offline in response to the widespread circulation of fraudulent emails targeting its customers this weekend.
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Buffalo's Airstation ISDN

It sometimes feels a little ironic to me that the state-of-the-art wireless network I have at home is connected to a socket on the wall that can barely outrun a modem, writes Jon Collins of Quocirca.
Quocirca, 27 2003
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Sony sued by US university over PS2 chip tech

The University of Wisconsin Madison has filed a suit against Sony and Toshiba, claiming that technology being used in the creation of the PlayStation 2's Emotion Engine processor infringes a patent which was filed by the university in 1986.
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Longhorn to erase Cairo mis-step with 1995 ship date

Speculation about the ship date of Windows Longhorn, Microsoft's next big 'make or break' (Surely just 'break' - Ed) operating system reached fever pitch today when, hours before Bill Gates' big speech at PDC, the New York Times' Steve Lohr confidently asserted that it is "not expected to be shipped until late 1995 or 1996."
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Next DVD spec. to offer Net access not more capacity

The DVD Forum, the body that oversees the DVD specification, has decided to stick with red laser technology and current storage capacities rather than make the move to blue light and more capacious discs.
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US Army ‘going to Linux’ after OS switch for GI PDA

The US Army has abandoned Windows and chosen Linux for a key component of its "Land Warrior" programme, according to a report in National Defense Magazine. The move, initially covering a personal computing and communications device termed the Commander's Digital Assistant (CDA), follows the failure of the previous attempt at such a device in trials in February of this year, and is part of a move to make the device simpler and less breakable.
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Packard Bell preps Athlon 64 notebook

Packard Bell is set to become the first major notebook vendor to offer a portable PC based on AMD's Athlon 64 chip.
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Casio extends Exilim digicam to four megapixels

Reg Kit Watch Reg Kit Watch Digicam Casio yesterday updated its Exilim slimline camera family with the EX-Z4U. The new model brings a four megapixel CCD capable of taking pictures up to 2304 x 1728 to the Exilim line-up. The EX-Z4U also features a 3x optical zoom Pentax lens and new audio snapshot and voice recording capabilities. There's …
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US govt. can't ‘search and destroy’ leaked secrets

A US judge has turned down a Justice Department request to seek out and delete online records about classified information that temporarily became public as the result of a lawsuit.
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SuSE sinks hooks into Veritas

SuSE Linux has burrowed its way into a key ISV account by partnering with Veritas.
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Symantec buys ON Technology

Symantec today bought security management firm ON Technology for approx. $100 million cash.
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Novelty farting dog sparks US terror alert

Osama bin Laden will doubtless be absolutely gutted to learn that any plan he may have had to destroy a US airliner using a life-size novelty mechanical farting terrier is doomed to failure.
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EU develops cyber crime forensics standards

The IT industry has teamed up with academics and the European Union researchers to develop standards for the investigation of cybercrime.
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Cray preps new Opteron-based product line

Cray has given AMD's Opteron chip a big vote of confidence, saying it will roll out a new line of supercomputers based around the product.