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Extreme Blue: IBM's student demo

Extreme Blue: IBM's student demo

Each summer since 1999, IBM has run a 12-week internship called Extreme Blue. This allows selected groups of students to develop cutting-edge research projects. Here's a selection of this year's European offerings.

September 13, 2007 by in Innovation

Sony VAIO VGN-TZ11XN/B

Sony VAIO VGN-TZ11XN/B

<p>Sony's VAIO notebooks famously combine attractive design with somewhat less attractive price tags, and the ultraportable <a href="http://vaio.sony.co.uk/view/ShowProduct.action?product=VGN-TZ11XN%2FB&site=voe_en_GB_cons&category=VN+TZ+Series">VAIO VGN-TZ11XN</a> runs true to form. At £1,531 (ex. VAT), this system is likely to be beyond the budget of middle-ranking mobile professionals, but it might fit the bill for more senior types seeking a classy ultraportable. </p>

September 11, 2007 by in Laptops

Billion Electric BiGuard S20

Billion Electric BiGuard S20

<p>The <a href="http://www.billion.uk.com/product/biguard/biguards20.htm">Billion Electric BiGuard S20</a> is a VPN appliance aimed at small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), allowing remote access to applications on an office network, while also working as the firewall and internet gateway for the same network. It's a very capable unit, with many features you wouldn't necessarily expect to find on a lower-end unit, but it's let down by a difficult administrative interface and the use of ActiveX to provide some features. </p>

September 11, 2007 by in Security

iRex iLiad

iRex iLiad

At first glance, the <a href="http://www.irextechnologies.com/products/iliad">iLiad</a> from iRex Technologies seems to be a stunning innovation. With an innovative <a href="http://www.eink.com/index.html">E-ink</a> greyscale touch-screen and Wi-Fi connectivity for firmware updating and document download , it seems like a device with a wide range of applications. How well does it live up to this billing in the real world?

September 10, 2007 by in Hardware

Fujitsu Siemens LifeBook T4215

Fujitsu Siemens LifeBook T4215

<p>Fujitsu Siemens' LifeBook brand comprises several different notebook families. The <a href="http://www.fujitsu-siemens.co.uk/products/mobile/tablet_pcs/LifeBook_t.html">T series</a> is all about Tablet PCs, and the Core 2 Duo-based T4215 is a convertible Tablet PC with the added benefit of optional 3G data connectivity. </p>

September 6, 2007 by in Mobility

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