disgo goes corporate with Xkey USB stick
A little USB stick contains everything most mobile workers might need.
The Xkey from disgo is a USB stick initially in 256MB or 512MB capacities, that has all the software on it you need to connect to your corporate Microsoft Exchange server via a secure VPN channel from any computer in the world, according to the company.
disgo says it believes the product to be the first of its type and
could free mobile workers from their laptops - all they need to do is stick the Xkey into a USB slot in any Net-connected computer, enter their password, and start work. ...more
Real-music ring tones promised by Nokia
The new wave of GPRS phones will bring ring tones that use actual music, says Nokia.
The handset manufacturer has struck a deal with Web site and ring-tone provider Iobox.com and music label Telstar to provide full-length recordings for around ?1 a throw. ...more
Gowers copyright report calls for UK right to private copying
A right to private copying should be enshrined into UK law, a Government-sponsored review of intellectual property has concluded.
The report, by former Financial Times editor Andrew Gowers, also recommends that the current 50-year limit for copyright on sound recordings is retained, rejecting music industry arguments for it to be extended, and proposes exemptions to IP law for libraries and educational establishments.
Gowers recommends a strengthening of the law in some areas to tackle commercial counterfeiting and piracy and called for new powers and duties for Trading Standards to take action against infringement of copyright law and tougher penalties for online copyright infringement - with a maximum 10 years imprisonment. ...more
Intel launches big MP3 player
Not content with putting processors inside everyone's computer, Intel has decided to branch out into digital audio players.
The new Pocket Concert aims to sweep away competition from the likes of Sony and Rio with its impressive 128 Mb of storage memory, which should store up to 4 hours of FM radio quality music (that's about 56Kbits/sec quality). The new player is part of Intel's new strategy to move into hardware that can be connected to a computer, and most of those are equipped with Intel processors. ...more
Microsoft claims Mac Office success shows it does not rely on Windows' dominance
Microsoft did not need to rely on its dominance of the operating system market to deliver successful applications, a company attorney said yesterday as he continued his opening statement to the Iowa court hearing a private class-action lawsuit against the company.
David Tulchin told jurors that it was the company's decision to 'bet on the graphical user interface (GUI)' when other software developers continued to develop character-based operating systems and applications, that has underpinned its success.
Indeed, it was Microsoft's enthusiastic support of the GUI that led it to develop word processing, spreadsheet and other applications software for the Mac long before many other software developers, he said. ...more