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KDE's Windows weapon: KOffice 2.0

While the industry is distracted by the ongoing tussle between Microsoft and OpenOffice.org over document formats, the KDE project is quietly preparing the next generation of its own office suite, KOffice, for Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X.

IE 7 bug reopens debate over patch responsibilities

Security researchers are again arguing over who is responsible -- Microsoft or third-party developers -- for protocol-handling bugs after a researcher said late last week that Internet Explorer 7 can be used to trick users into launching malware.

Adobe admits PDF exploit, posts workaround

Adobe Systems has confirmed that there's a critical bug in its most popular programs, but it doesn't yet have a patch that protects Windows XP users against attacks arriving as PDF files.

Thunderbird developers quit Mozilla

Just three weeks after Mozilla spun off its Thunderbird to a new subsidiary, the only two paid developers working on the e-mail client said they were quitting the company.

Yahoo holds Open Hack Day in India

Yahoo held Open Hack Day October 5 and 6 in Bangalore, India, in a bid to build an ecosystem of external developers familiar with the company's technologies.

Juniper links its NAC, IDP platforms

Juniper Networks is linking its intrusion-detection platforms to its NAC gear, making it possible to restrict devices that manage to gain network access by passing health checks but then pose a threat once they are on.

Vonage settles Sprint's patent claim

VOIP provider Vonage Holdings has settled a patent dispute with Sprint Nextel by agreeing to pay Sprint about US$80 million, the two companies announced this week.

Gateway plans to buy Packard Bell

Gateway announced this week its plans to acquire PC vendor Packard Bell for an undisclosed amount, a move funded by Acer as part of its planned acquisition of Gateway.

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

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

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