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Fujitsu releases 60GB drive

Fujitsu is about to release its new HandyDrive, a compact hard drive to be priced around US$250. The Japanese hardware manufacturer says that the 2.5 inch drives will offer storage capacities of 30, 40, or 60 gigabytes (GB). By summer, a new version with up to 80 GB of storage capacity will be on the market. HandyDrives are intended to make it easy to transport large amounts of data, or the drives can serve to expand storage space for PCs and laptops. The compact units, measuring 11.5cm by 10cm by 2.5cm and weighing just 200 grams, draw power through the computer's connection port and therefore need no batteries or other source of energy. They can be connected through a USB or a FireWire port, depending on the model.


Jakarta launches network

A new business network will be launched in Jakarta during this week's visit by Singapore's Trade and Industry Minister George Yeo, his agenda said yesterday. Called Network Indonesia, it is a private sector-led business platform that will be kicked off with Indonesian Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Dorodjatun Kuntjoro-jakti. Yeo will also attend the official opening of the Indonesian Production Exhibition, which will be officiated by President Megawati Sukarnoputri, the Ministry of Trade and Industry said. Yeo will visit the island of Batam to witness the ground-breaking ceremony for the Sumatra Promotion Center. He and the governors of Sumatra will convene an information meeting to discuss economic cooperation, the ministry said.


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