Office, Vista getting new service packs

From CNET News.com: While most of the excitement around Windows and Office is around the next full versions of the products, Microsoft is also working on the next service pack updates for each product.

In a blog posting on Wednesday, Microsoft said that Office 2007 Service Pack 2 will come sometime between February and April of next year. It also listed many of the features in the update, which includes previously announced support for the Open Document Format.

Intel Criticizes iPhone's ARM Processor, Forgets All About XScale

From DailyTech: Intel is picking on what it calls the slow iPhone, but is fast to point out that the slowness isn’t Apple's fault. This caveat is no doubt to placate Apple and its iPhone business, which Intel undoubtedly covets. According to Intel's Shane Wall, the problem with the iPhone is its processor which is based on ARM technology.

Intel's future Atom plans sound a lot like AMD's Fusion

From InfoWorld: Next year, Advanced Micro Devices plans to release the first of its Fusion chip family , which combines processor cores and a graphics engine on the same chip. But AMD isn't alone in its efforts: Intel also plans to combine graphics capabilities with its processors, including low-cost Atom chips for laptops and desktops.

Instant-on Dell Desktop to Debut Next Week

From PC World: Users will have instant access to computer data and major applications without booting up the computer, said Jeff Clarke, senior vice president and general manager of Dell Product Group, who did not name the system.

By doing so, it allows users to work with e-mail and documents without engaging the CPU and therefore uses less energy.

Samsung withdraws offer to buy SanDisk

From CNET News.com: "After nearly six months of efforts to pursue a transaction with no meaningful progress, we are withdrawing our proposal to acquire SanDisk," Yoon Woo Lee, vice chairman and CEO at Samsung Electronics, said in a letter that Samsung released Wednesday in Seoul.

ASUS CEO Jerry Shen Discusses the Eee's Future

OpenOffice.org 3.0 scores strong first week

From InfoWorld: OpenOffice.org 3.0 was downloaded 3 million times in its first week, with about 80 percent of the downloads by Windows users, an official with the group said in a blog post on Monday.

The successful introduction of the open source office suite came despite the group's download servers being temporarily overwhelmed by demand for the new software last week.

Next-Gen T-Mobile G2 in the Works: Oh Come On!

From PC World: Mock-ups of a so-called T-Mobile G2 have already started appearing on the Internet, while the first Google Android Phone, the T-Mobile G1 is not even on sale until tomorrow.

There's not doubt that Google is already working on an improved version of Android, and so are other major companies. For example, Motorola is working as well on an Android device, said to cost around $150 and feature "heavy" social network integration.

Yahoo, Google extend antitrust deadline

From CNET News.com: Yahoo and Google have extended the Wednesday deadline for antitrust regulators to issue a decision on whether to block the controversial search advertising deal to proceed, according to a source familiar with the talks.

And at this point, it remains to be seen whether a definitive decision to block, or allow the agreement with remedies as part of a settlement, will occur before the Thanksgiving holiday.

Quantenna Wi-Fi Chipset Offers 1 Gbps Speed

From Dailytech: Internet speeds here in America are lagging behind those available abroad in many areas of the world. The low speed of internet access doesn’t mean you can’t have a wireless home network that provides very fast connectivity.

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