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Report: AOL accounting issues include WorldCom deal

Inquiries into improper accounting methods at America Online Inc. (AOL) may include a deal with WorldCom Inc., another company suffering due to questionable accounting practices, according to a report in Thursday's Washington Post.

Study: Hong Kong tops in broadband, US in access

Hong Kong stands alone in the world as the only country where a majority of Internet users make their connections to the 'Net over cable modems or high-speed phone lines, according to a new study released by Nielsen//NetRatings on Thursday.

ISS upgrades RealSecure Desktop Protector

Internet Security Systems (ISS) announced an upgrade to its RealSecure Desktop Protector software that provides security features on desktop PCs, adding more security features to work with VPNs (virtual private networks), as well as features designed...

Trend Micro adds antivirus trio for Linux

Looking to provide protection for what it sees as the growing numbers of Linux users, Trend Micro Inc. Monday announced a trio of new antivirus and content scanning products for gateways, groupware and servers in conjunction with the LinuxWorld Confe...

Macromedia Flash security hole affects Windows, Unix

A security hole in the widely used Macromedia Inc. Shockwave Flash file format used with Web browsers can allow an attacker to execute code of their choice on affected systems, according to a new security alert released Friday by eEye Digital Securit...

Security holes in Google Toolbar patched

A series of security holes in the Google Inc. Toolbar, an application offered by the popular search engine that adds easily accessible search features to Web browsers, could allow an attacker to read files, reroute searches and execute scripts on an ...

McAfee.com distributes SecurityCenter with P-to-P apps

McAfee.com is looking to take advantage of the popularity of peer-to-peer file-trading applications to spread its SecurityCenter tool, which will be distributed with a pair of such programs starting immediately, the company said Wednesday.

Hackers called truthseekers, problem-solvers

Hacking is not about creating viruses, breaking into computer systems or even rainbow-dyed hair, but is instead about the search for truth, critical thinking and the pursuit of knowledge, according to Richard Thieme, an author, consultant and former ...

Symantec mixes firewall, antivirus, intrusion detection

Symantec Corp. Monday announced a new product called Symantec Client Security that integrates the company's desktop firewall, antivirus and intrusion detection products into a single suite intended to better secure corporate PCs.

One month later, Microsoft offers Palladium details

During the month since Microsoft Corp. announced Palladium, the new plan to marry hardware and software security inside every Windows PC has been hailed as either a potential savior or a scourge for computer security and user freedom.

Group may change name of 802.11 certification

The Wireless Ethernet Compatibility Alliance (WECA) is discussing the possibility of changing the name it gives to 802.11a wireless networking products that it certifies to be compatible.

Gates updates customers on Trustworthy Computing

Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates sent an e-mail to some Microsoft customers Friday updating them on the company's Trustworthy Computing initiative and reminding them that they too have a significant role to play in securing their computer systems.

CERT: Security incidents up sharply in 2002

Internet security incidents for the first half of 2002 are up sharply over 2001 and are on pace to substantially exceed last year's figures, according to new statistics released Thursday by the Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) Coordination Cen...

Symantec to buy SecurityFocus, Riptech, Recourse

Security vendor Symantec Corp. announced three high-profile acquisitions late Wednesday at the same time it reported its financial results for the second quarter 2002. Symantec will acquire SecurityFocus Inc., Riptech Inc. and Recourse Technologies I...

McAfee Security to update antivirus, firewall, more

McAfee Security, a division of Network Associates Inc., will announce updates to its line of security products in August, including its antivirus and personal firewall software, as well as its system cleaning tool.

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Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Steph Mundell

LIFEBOOK UH574

The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

Andrew Mitsi

STYLISTIC Q702

The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

Simon Harriott

STYLISTIC Q702

My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.

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