computers

Lenovo Aims for Fast Growth

Lenovo Group, which bought IBM's PC business earlier this year, aims to achieve twice the industry growth rate to become the "most competitive PC company" within five years. The company plans to consolidate manufacturing in China and target consumers and small businesses in emerging markets, including China and India.

Lenovo also plans to phase out use of the IBM brand and ramp up use of the Lenovo and ThinkPad brands, said Deepak Advani, Lenovo's chief marketing officer.

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Yahoo to Test Revamped E-Mail

Yahoo will soon begin testing a sleeker version of its free e-mail service, shifting to a design that will mimic the look and feel of computer desktop applications such as Microsoft Outlook.

The company plans to invite many of its e-mail account holders to experiment with the retooled service, a spokeswoman said.

If the test goes well, all of Yahoo's e-mail users -- an audience that spans tens of millions -- eventually will be converted to the new system.

Yahoo imported most of the changes from Oddpost, an e-mail start-up the company bought last year.

Microsoft Previews Office 12

Microsoft revealed a new version of the Office word processing and spreadsheet suite that makes features easier to find and adds corporate network capabilities such as search and business data organization.

Office 12, due for release in the second half of 2006, makes it easier to locate commonly used commands and discover new ones, a Microsoft general manager said. The program also ties Office more closely to corporate network computers to let users find information, track and analyze business data, and route forms and documents.

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Sony PS2 Adapter Can Overheat

Sony recalled about 3.6 million adapters used in its PlayStation 2 game console because the component may overheat and could cause a fire. Sony will replace the adapters free of charge.

The adapters, which are used to power the game console, were sold with the consoles beginning in November, Sony said. It received 38 reports of the adapters overheating, including 19 reports of melting, according to the statement.

Compiled from staff and news service reports.